Cesar Azpilicueta reveals ‘unhappy’ Thomas Tuchel dressing during halftime-inspired Chelsea’s defeat to London rivals Tottenham
- Thomas Tuchel told his players how angry he was at their first half display
- Chelsea were off pace in the first 45 minutes while Spurs dominated
- The Blues turned on style in the second half and eventually won comfortably
- Cesar Azpilicueta revealed Tuchel’s candid words at halftime that inspired the win
Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed that an ‘unhappy’ Thomas Tuchel gave his side a candid assessment of their performance at halftime to inspire them to win against Tottenham.
Chelsea toiled into the first half of Sunday’s game, with the Spurs dominating the opening period before sprucing it up after the break.
Tuchel’s men eventually got past their London rivals, with Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger taking the goals in a comfortable 3-0 win that put them at the top of the table.
Thomas Tuchel had some candid words for his Chelsea players at halftime on Sunday
Azpilicueta admitted afterwards that Tuchel’s dressing up at halftime had the desired effect, as it got a reaction from the players.
‘He [Tuchel] was not happy, we were not happy with our performance,” the Chelsea captain told Sky Sports.
“Although we were able to get around the penalty area, we didn’t shoot on goal, they created a few chances where we could have conceded.
“Even in duels we weren’t as good as we usually are. We were too open at times and it was something we had to address.
Chelsea turned on style after the break and eventually crushed Tottenham 3-0
“If we played like that, we didn’t expect to win the game. The best we could do was to be 0-0 at halftime.
“The response has been good, everyone is humble enough to accept this and go again and give a strong second half.”
Tuchel, who made the bold call to replace Mason Mount with Kante to bring more intensity to their game, was still angry at how Chelsea had started the game even after the final whistle, saying his team “wanted to make an impression.” through skills’ rather than aggression.
He said: ‘I was definitely not happy with the first 45 minutes.
N’Golo Kante was brought in by Tuchel at halftime and scored one of Chelsea’s three goals
“Overall we lacked intent, lacked energy and had to be more ruthless in duels and decide 50-50 balls for us.
“I felt we wanted to impress with pure skill, but a game like this in the Premier League, a derby at Tottenham, it’s not just about playing skillfully.
“It’s also about aggression, about winning duels and performing better as a team. We lacked energy and spoke clearly about it during halftime.’
He added: ‘In the second half it was a very good performance and a 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 kicked them in the back and inspired them to win