‘Frank who?’ – How the national media reacted to Chelsea’s narrow win over Sheffield United

Chelsea got over the disappointment of Antonio Rudiger’s own-goal as they edged out Sheffield United to extend Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten start as manager on Sunday evening at Bramall Lane.

The Blues went ahead just before half-time as Mason Mount finished off a sweeping move from the visitors.

Chelsea then conceded their first goal under Tuchel in his fourth game in charge as Rudiger poked past Edouard Mendy in his own net 10 minutes after the restart.

Their winner came in bizarre fashion as Timo Werner was brought down by goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for what looked like a clear penalty but referee Kevin Friend waved play on.

However, a VAR check followed and a spotkick was then awarded – one that Jorginho duly converted.

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Tuchel’s side held on to make it 10 points from a possible 12 since taking over as boss last month.

The London outfit are now up to fifth in the Premier League, just one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool.

Tuchel admitted the game was “tough to watch”, but what did the national media think of it?

Here is a round-up of their take on the game.

The Guardian

Richard Jolly wrote for the Guardian: “Thomas Tuchel continues to benefit from his predecessors’ proteges. Chelsea moved into the top five with a third successive win under their new manager.

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“For the second successive game, Maurizio Sarri’s old ally Jorginho converted a penalty.

“Once again, part of Frank Lampard’s legacy showed he is becoming integral in the new regime. Mason Mount scored Chelsea’s first and last league goals under his mentor.

“He opened his account for his successor with a Lampard-esque strike to set up a hard-fought win and lay down a marker.

“There was also a different sort of first. When Chelsea appointed Tuchel, it seemed a ploy to get a fellow German scoring.



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