Thomas Tuchel has arrived in the Premier League.
The Blues moved back into the top four courtesy of a 1-0 win at Anfield as Tuchel got one over on his German counterpart Jurgen Klopp to inflict Liverpool’s fourth home defeat in a row in the league and secure Chelsea’s first win at Anfield since 2014 in the Premier League.
Not many teams go to Anfield and express themselves the way that Chelsea did. Tuchel is now ten games unbeaten to start his reign at the club, only Jose Mourinho can match that, and the Blues are back in the driving seat for a top four finish.
It was a far more comfortable night than many observers would have expected as the Blues took three points with them back to the capital after a tactical masterclass from Tuchel.
The signs were there from the off. Timo Werner fired an early warning shot over the bar and really should have put the visitors ahead just past the quarter of an hour mark. He was played onside by a slow-moving Ozan Kabak but could only lift the ball straight into Alisson’s arms from ten yards out when he had to score.
The German thought he had put the Blues in front ten minutes later when he latched onto Jorginho’s raking pass, rounded the on-rushing Alisson and stroked home but he was ruled offside by VAR with his outstretched arm slightly further forward than Andy Robertson.
Social media predictably lit up in the aftermath that Werner was adjudged offside by about half an inch with a part of the body you’re not allowed to score with and now technology is interfering with Werner’s trying to get his Premier League career back on track.
VAR wasn’t interfering five minutes before the break though as Mason Mount fired the Blues into a deserved lead, steering home a fine finish past the helpless Alisson into the far corner to put Tuchel’s side ahead with his third goal since the German arrived.
The Blues were well worth their lead. If you’re a fan of xG…