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Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed that an ‘unhappy’ Thomas Tuchel gave his squad a frank assessment of their performance at half-time to inspire them to victory against Tottenham.
Chelsea toiled in the first half of Sunday’s clash, with Spurs dominating the opening period before they turned it on after the break.
Thomas Tuchel had some frank words for his Chelsea players at half-time on Sunday
Azpilicueta admitted afterwards that Tuchel’s dressing down at half-time had the desired effect as it got a reaction out of the players.
‘He [Tuchel] was not happy, we were not happy with our performance,’ the Chelsea captain told Sky Sports.
‘Even though we were able to arrive around the box we did not shoot on target, they created a few chances where we could have conceded.
‘Even in duels we were not as good as we usually are. We were sometimes too open and it was something that we had to address.
Chelsea turned on the style after the break and ended up crushing Tottenham 3-0
‘Playing like this, we couldn’t expect to win the game. The best thing we could do was to arrive at half-time at 0-0.
‘The reaction was good, everyone is humble enough to accept this and go again and give a strong second half.’
Tuchel, who made the bold call to substitute Mason Mount off for Kante to inject more intensity into their play, was still angry about how Chelsea had started the match even after the final whistle, saying his team ‘wanted to impress by skills’ rather than aggression.
He said: ‘I was absolutely not happy with the first 45 minutes.
N’Golo Kante was brought on at half-time by Tuchel and scored one of Chelsea’s three goals
‘In general we lacked intent, we lacked energy and needed to be more relentless in duels and to decide 50-50 balls for us.
‘I had the feeling we wanted to impress by pure skills, but a game like this in the Premier League, a derby at Tottenham, it is not only about skilful play.
‘It is also about aggression, about winning duels and performing better as a team. We lacked energy and spoke clearly about it at half-time.’
He added: ‘In the second half it was a very good performance and a well-deserved win in the second half. It was a very good reaction, I am absolutely happy with the performance in the second half.’
Cesar Azpilicueta (left) said Tuchel gave them a kick up the backside and inspired them to win
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