Chelsea is a team on an upward trajectory after winning the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup under the management of German manager Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea won the London derby against Tottenham Hotspur convincingly with a 3-0 scoreline. The goals were scored by Thiago Silva in the 49th minute, N'golo Kante in the 57th minute and Antonio Rudiger in the 92nd minute.
The match started brightly with Chelsea trying to impose their passing domination tactic while Tottenham Hotspur tried to counter it with the ball-retention ability of Tanguy Ndombele and the hard work of Pierre Emile Hojbjerg.
Chelsea introduced the mercurial French midfielder N'golo Kante in the second half for Mason Mount and the dynamic flow of the game changed immediately. The Frenchman also scored a long-range goal via a deflection.
Thomas Tuchel has instilled a wide-flowing and efficient tactical set-up in his Chelsea team but the game against Tottenham Hotspur confirms how important the defence is to the tactical set-up employed by Thomas Tuchel.
Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen played as a high-line defensive unit (they played close to the halfway line) but Tottenham's attackers couldn't apply pressure on them because their passes into the midfield and half-space were accurate and creative.
Thomas Tuchel's tactics revolve around the ability to hold onto possession. This won't be possible if the defenders are not comfortable with the ball at their feet. At the beginning of the match against Tottenham, Chelsea was unable to keep the ball for long because the defence wasn't settled into the rhythm.
Once Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen settled and started controlling the flow of the game from the back, it was only a matter of time before Tottenham conceded a goal.
This confirms the importance of the defence to Thomas Tuchel's tactical set-up and it is no coincidence that Chelsea tried to sign one of the best ball-playing centre-backs in the world Jules Kounde during the transfer window.
The fans would be hoping that the defence operates in a similar way against Manchester City this weekend because the team depends on it.
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