Chelsea continued their unbeaten run under Thomas Tuchel as they brushed aside Everton on Monday to remain favourites in top four race. The Blues have had a remarkable turnaround since the German’s arrival, and have conceded just 2 goals in 9 league games.
After masterminding wins against Joe Mourinho, Diego Simeone and Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel added Carlo Ancelotti to his list as Chelsea recorded a comfortable victory against their nearest top four competitor.
Cesar Azpilicutea, who has played every league game since Tuchel’s arrival, put in another solid performance alongside Christensen and Zouma to shut out the Toffees and restrict them to just one shot on target. Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, the Chelsea captain admitted his team were brilliant, but insisted they need to keep working in order to finish in top four.
The Spain international added “From the striker to the goalkeeper the team is working very hard. Everyone is doing their dirty job. If you see the way we fight for the ball, the way the strikers press the ball and allow the defenders to push the line high, it’s dangerous. I’m very happy with that because you need that effort in the Premier League.”
“We know how tough it is to replicate it every three days. We are in the right way but we are still far from where we want to be. We have to keep working because we haven’t done anything yet.”
On being a regular under Tuchel
Despite shuffling the team in their recent games, Chelsea have maintained a fluid rhythm in their approach and ensured they remain solid at the back. On asked about the rotation policy by Tuchel, Azpilicueta said “When you play for Chelsea, one of the top clubs in the world, you have to fight for your place. Nothing comes easy. When you step on the pitch you have to be at your best.”
“In every training session, even when you don’t play, everybody trains very hard, and that’s why when the changes come everybody is ready.“
“We have the same idea. Sometimes we adapt to different systems, sometimes in the same system different players which means there is a different style of play, but the most important thing is we are all thinking in the same way.”