Chelsea will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to life under head coach Thomas Tuchel when they face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday evening.
After playing out a goalless draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers and defeating Burnley 2-0 in his first two home games in charge, Tuchel, who replaced Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge almost a fortnight ago, secured his first away win in the Premier League at the first attempt on Thursday evening, watching his side defeat London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 1-0.
Italian midfielder Jorginho’s first-half penalty was enough to seal all three points for the Blues who were dominant from the very first whistle in north London.
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Whilst it is true that Spurs, who were without star man Harry Kane through injury, failed to lay a glove on Chelsea, the Blues were excellent in every department, as the players once again showed just how quickly they have bought into Tuchel’s 3-4-2-1 system.
After impressing in the right wing-back role against both Wolves and Burnley, it was a surprise to see Callum Hudson-Odoi dropped to the bench, paving the way for Reece James to come in and secure his first start of Tuchel’s tenure.
However, the former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund’s thinking was easy to understand, as he believed James was better in a defensive sense to Hudson-Odoi to deal with the threat of Spurs architect Son Heung-min. Whilst James delivered an assured showing in the right wing-back berth, he didn’t, in truth, have to deal with Son as much as he probably would have expected to, with the South Korean struggling to impose himself on proceedings.
Despite having a fairly quiet evening, the full-back, who will be hoping to retain his place in the side against Chris Wilder’s Blades, earned a glowing assessment…