After a goalless draw with Wolves in his first game, Frank Lampard’s successor has quickly made his mark in the Premier League with a comfortable victory over Burnley followed by Thursday’s London derby success against Tottenham.
Chelsea then rose to fifth with another triumph in South Yorkshire tonight against a Sheffield United team that remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League and 12 points adrift of safety.
Mason Mount swept the Blues in front on the stroke of half-time, only for a bizarre own goal from Antonio Rudiger to level things up.
However, Jorginho then quickly struck what would prove to be the winning goal from the penalty spot after the much-improved Timo Werner was fouled by Aaron Ramsdale.
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Tuchel and Chelsea ‘hunting’ top-four finish
Chelsea remain undefeated since Tuchel took charge, with the victory at Bramall Lane their third in four matches under the German.
It moved them up to fifth place in the Premier League and to within a point of fourth-placed Liverpool.
“It won’t help to talk about it (finishing in the top four), but we are responsible for the situation,” said Tuchel.
“We are close to where we want to be and want to do everything we can to reach the top four, this was the clear aim when we started.
“We are the hunters for the teams in front of us, but it changes nothing. Like everyone else we will be under pressure to continue the run and maintain the momentum.”
tuchel calm over Werner injury fears
Timo Werner had to be substituted after 75 minutes, but Thomas Tuchel allayed any fears of a major problem.
“Its a dead leg, it is not serious. It is something that is very painful in the moment, but right now I don’t have any worries,” said the Blues boss.
Timo Werner talking to Sky Sports
“For myself again no goals, but it’s good to see that I can help the team with other things at the moment.
“I’m happy when we win and if I can make two assists it’s also good.
“As a striker you want to score. It’s a long time for me, I haven’t had such a long period in my career, but you just have to keep doing your best and the goals will come.”
Sheffield United 1-2 Chelsea
A third successive win under Thomas Tuchel takes the resurgent Blues up to fifth in the Premier League.
A late chance for Sharp there, but Mendy was able to push away his acrobatic effort.
91 mins: A stoppage-time free-kick spells danger for Chelsea, but Rudiger makes two important blocks to deny substitute Brewster.
90 mins: FIVE minutes of added time signalled at Bramall Lane, with Sheffield United applying some late pressure but Chelsea’s defence standing up to the challenge.
88 mins: Lundstram lets fly from range, but that was never going to trouble Mendy.
86 mins: Wilder looking to throw everything at Chelsea now as former Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster replaces Norwood.
James Robson at Bramall Lane
Chelsea are about 10 minutes away from moving within a point of Liverpool and fourth place, which is an impressive start for Tuchel – and probably better than even he could have hoped for.
83 mins: A poor pass from Kante spoils Chelsea’s latest attack before some stout defending from Christensen keeps Sharp and co at bay.