Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel feels Chelsea scoring four second-half goals to overcome a stubborn Burnley outfit proves just how far his side has come.
The Blues were overwhelming favourites to take all three points from Turf Moor despite the Clarets improvement in form. Sean Dyche’s men had beaten Brighton and Tottenham while they drew with Crystal Palace before losing out to Leicester. The 4-0 reverse at home to Chelsea means they are still in the relegation zone and face a battle for top-flight survival.
However, a goalless first half gave the home fans hope they might come away with something to show for the efforts. But a brace from Kai Havertz sandwiched between strikes from Reece James and Christian Pulisic turned the match on its head.
The 22-minute blitz ensured the points went back to west London and kept them well ahead of the chasing pack. And Tuchel believes the way his charges responded to the situation shows what a side they have become.
“The first goal helped us. In these matches that are so tight, that obviously gives you a lot of confidence,” he told BBC Sport. “It’s a good performance overall because it’s not easy to come to Turf Moor. It was a good team performance, very focused.
“It improves my impression that we’re constantly getting better and better. We deserved to win and it was a very good second half.”
Tuchel hails returning star
Reece James recently returned from injury and featured in the EFL Cup final defeat to Liverpool. He also made an appearance against Luton in the FA Cup.
The 22-year-old has hit the ground running since regaining full fitness. And Tuchel acknowledged just what a difference the England international makes to the Premier League side.
“It’s incredible how much quality he brings to the team,” he added. “You keep forgetting it because he’s eight or nine weeks out and you get used to the situation.
“Then he comes back and you remember the influence he can have.”
And the German believes it will be a similar scenario when another England international makes his comeback.
“It’s the same for Ben Chilwell. They’re hugely important for the structure of this team,” he…