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Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw with Wolves in Thomas Tuchel’s first game as head coach – but they managed to break two Premier League records in the process.
Tuchel only took over at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, becoming the Blues’ new head coach on an initial 18-month deal following Frank Lampard ’s sacking on Monday.
Almost 24 hours later the German was in the dugout for his first outing against Wolves, which ended in disappointment as his side failed to break Nuno Espirito Santo’s men down in a fairly uneventful stalemate.
However, Chelsea at least managed to break a pair of English top-flight records during the draw.
Tuchel’s Blues registered the highest amount of possession (78.9 per cent) and most passes (820) ever seen in a new manager’s first Premier League match – although records only begin from the 2003/04 campaign.
Despite their record possession and passing figures, though, Chelsea were unable to make the all-important breakthrough and return to winning ways after their 2-0 defeat away at Leicester in Lampard’s final league outing.
Kai Havertz almost snatched a win for the hosts with the last kick of the game, only for his goal-bound header to be blocked by a Wolves defender.
Nevertheless, Tuchel was more than encouraged by what he saw from his Chelsea players in their first outing together.
He told BBC’s Match of the Day: “I enjoyed it a lot because I was very happy with the intensity, the attitude, energy and quality of my team, we were well organised, had a lot of ball recoveries in the last third, never lacked intensity.
“We stepped up minute after minute in the second half. I was very happy performance wise, unfortunately we couldn't score, if we take care of out performance like this the results will come.
“It reminded me a bit of our games in Dortmund, we had a very good training session yesterday, 21 guys who were totally awake, to try to do what we are doing – tactically, structure, where to accelerate the game, how to defend.
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“I didn't expect it to be on this level from one training and two meetings. It gives me a good feeling for the future.
“It was today totally unfair because I had no explanation for anybody on the side why they didn't play. Every day will help.”
Next up for Tuchel is the visit of Burnley to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
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