The impact of Thomas Tuchel’s crucial half-time team-talk on Chelsea’s performance at Tottenham has been shown by a set of remarkable statistics.
The Blues appeared to be caught out by the hosts’ high-pressing tactics in the first-half, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s Spurs side firmly on top before the break.
Chelsea were able to survive until half-time without conceding a goal to Nuno’s men, allowing Tuchel to make drastic changes and get his team back into the game.
N’Golo Kante replaced Mason Mount to boost the visitors’ midfield, a change which worked perfectly, with Chelsea going on to secure a comfortable win.
Thiago Silva headed in a corner within four minutes of the restart to put the Blues ahead, before Kante’s deflected strike doubled their lead.
Antonio Rudiger added gloss to the scoreline in injury time, with Chelsea securing the three points to move top of the Premier League.
It is a victory that would certainly not have happened without Tuchel’s half-time changes, with statistics from Opta showing the extent of the German’s impact.
This is best shown in their incredible improvement going forward, with the Blues improving their Expected Goals ratio from 0.43 in the first-half to 1.78 in the second.
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That is reflected in their shots on target, with Tuchel’s side having 10 after half-time compared to zero in the first period.
They also dominated the ball after their manager’s changes, having an astonishing 57.8 per cent of the possession in the second half compared to 48.1 in the first.
Their dominance of the ball was again reflected best in attacking areas, with the Blues having 27 touches in Tottenham’s box in the second period, an improvement from 13 in the first.
But it was not only going forward where Chelsea enjoyed a marked improvement after Tuchel’s team-talk.
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The Blues were much tighter in defence, allowing just two shots after the break and leaving Tottenham with an Expected Goals ratio of a tiny 0.06.
Tuchel’s changes were clearly the key reason why Chelsea were able to improve so much and secure the win.
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