Chelsea emerged victorious by a 2-0 margin in their last league outing against Burnley as the Blues won their first match under new manager Thomas Tuchel’s management.
Cesar Azpilicueta was an unlikely source of the goal that sent Chelsea ahead in the 40th minute. Callum Hudson-Odoi supplied the fullback who struck emphatically past Nick Pope in goal for the Clarets, to give Chelsea the lead before half time.
It was the exiled Spanish full-back, Marcos Alonso who marked his first start in over three months with a goal in the 84th minute when he showed excellent technique to volley the ball home: securing a comprehensive win for Chelsea.
Tuchel stuck with his back three which he used against Wolverhampton Wanderers in their last outing, bringing the out-of-favour Alonso back into the Chelsea squad for the first time in three months.
It was Chelsea who dominated possession of the ball throughout the game with a whopping total of 71.1% and had almost all of the goal-scoring chances in the match up.
The Blues should have scored a few more than they did as they created a couple of big chances, completely shutting out an in-form Burnley who had won their last two games in the league.
The victory moves Chelsea up to seventh in the points table, as they face Tottenham Hotspur in a London derby in their next league outing. Meanwhile, Burnley drops to 16th position, as they will welcome league leaders Manchester City to Turf Moor in their next outing in the league.
Chelsea’s new top tactician has had the winning start he wanted, as he looks to guide the club back into the race for the top four positions.
Brady v Callum Hudson-Odoi
It was a victory achieved in comprehensive fashion, with all the involved players putting in a good shift: though it was the talented English youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi who stood out the most, as he particularly excelled in his new position.
The 20-year-old has been used as a right wing-back flanking a back three in both of Tuchel’s games in charge of Chelsea so far and has excelled in both the outings.
It was Hudson-Odoi who recorded the assist for César Azpilicueta’s opening goal and wreaked utter havoc amongst the Burnley defenders from the right side of the pitch.
The young Englishman seemed to be right at the top of his game last night, taking on opposition defenders at will and being a creative influence in Chelsea’s brand new formation installed under the new German manager.
Hudson-Odoi proved to be too quick to catch onto with his overlapping runs throughout the game, as The Athletic journalist Liam Twomey revealed what Burnley’s Robbie Brady said about the Englishman during the game.
When Hudson-Odoi got past Brady on another overlapping run of his, head coach Sean Dyche instructed the Irishman to “tune in” into the game.
A helpless Brady responded by saying that he does not have a clue where Hudson-Odoi is, honestly admitting that he could not stop him in his tracks.
Tuchel took Hudson-Odoi off in the 73rd minute, which was a welcome sight for the opposition players who were relieved to see the back of the winger.
It has been a brilliant resurgence for the young English talent so earnestly pursued by Bayern Munich a couple of years ago, as he showed some of the toughest Premier League defenders what he is all about.
Check out the highlights below –
Post-match interview: Cesar Azpilicueta
"Not just the win, but the way we did it."— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 31, 2021
"Competition is healthy, we all have an opportunity."
Cesar Azpilicueta is a happy captain as a win over Burnley gave Thomas Tuchel his first win as Chelsea boss 🔵
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Post-match interview: Thomas Tuchel
"A very good performance, we controlled the match completely."— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 31, 2021
"Timo is not the only striker who is sensitive when he doesn't score."
Thomas Tuchel reacts to getting his first win as Chelsea manager 💪
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