homas Tuchel secured his first win as Chelsea boss as goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso downed Burnley 2-0 on Sunday.
James Robson was at Stamford Bridge to rate Tuchel’s players…
A quiet day at the office as his defence cut out what little threat Burnley posed.
This was vintage Azpilicueta, bursting down the right, with the type of finish Chelsea’s forwards need to start producing.
Playing in the middle of a back three appears to suit him. One crunching first half tackle proved he was up for the physical challenge of Burnley.
Certainly has the trust of Tuchel and his confidence is growing with it. Use of the ball could still be better.
Another promising showing in his new role as wingback. Provided the assist for Azpilicueta when cutting inside and hit the post in the second half.
Saw lots of the ball and spread the play well. Some sighters at goal when pressing forward.
With a lot of willing runners around him, he orchestrated another game in which Chelsea dominated possession.
Making his first start since September he made some statement. A hugely positive display charging down the left. But it was the control and finish for his goal that was most impressive. Like vintage Marco van Basten.
Back in the starting XI and justified his selection with the driving run to open up Burnley for Azpilicueta’s goal. Deployed as more of an orthodox No10 in the second half and used the ball well.
Yet another new role for Werner, who has been played left wing, right wing, centre forward and No10 so far this season. Used as one of two behind Abraham in the first half and got plenty of sights of goal. Moved further forward after the break and should have done better with a headed effort.
Struggled to make his presence felt and collided with Mount when one of them should have opened the scoring.
Christian Pulisic (Abraham, 46’) 7
Very bright from the moment he came on. His movement created space for others to exploit, but finishing let him down. Provided the assist for Alonso.
Reece James (Hudson-Odoi, 73’) 5
Needs to make an impression after being pushed down the pecking order. This was a decent start.
Kai Havertz (Mount, 80’) 3
An under-hit pass that might have set Werner away typified his lack of conviction his game right now.
Subs not used: Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Kante, Zouma, Giroud, Chilwell,