Not only have Chelsea faced drama off the pitch this season, but the pressure was starting to mount on Thomas Tuchel’s side this week after back-to-back defeats to Brentford and Real Madrid.
A second-half capitulation against Brentford last week suggested the Blues were starting to feel the effects of ownership issues around Stamford Bridge, and a 3-1 midweek loss to Real Madrid only made matters worse. things.
However, in a spirited display, Chelsea put Southampton to the sword on Saturday afternoon, shooting six past the Saints with Mason Mount and Timo Werner both scoring a brace.
As Tottenham and Arsenal begin to close in on Chelsea, three much-needed points mean they remain third and five points clear of Spurs in fourth.
Tuchel was understandably delighted with his side’s performance, and particularly praised their ‘mentality and commitment’ after full time.
“It was a very good performance offensively but also defensively,” said Tuchel.
“It’s not just a game of possession against Southampton, it’s about winning duels, accepting the physique.
“There was a good mix in all areas of the pitch, in mentality and commitment: it was very, very good.”
Tuchel also reserved praise for Werner, who has struggled with form since moving to London from Leipzig in 2020.
However, the German striker looked full of confidence against the Saints, and Tuchel praised the 26-year-old, calling him an ‘important player’.
“Timo was playing in his favorite position, and he loves playing with Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Mateo Kovacic,” Tuchel said.
“He has a connection with these players. He likes the double striker position, the left-half position.
“He was an opponent where we could imagine that we would find spaces behind because he was a more attacking opponent.
“Everything was planned for him to deliver, honestly.
“It was for him to show that he is still an important player for this group and that is exactly what he did. It was necessary, strong but necessary.”
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