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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “We will keep fighting.”

FT: Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle.

Thomas Tuchel has now picked up 13 points from his first five Premier League games in charge of Chelsea. [Getty]
Thomas Tuchel has now picked up 13 points from his first five Premier League games in charge of Chelsea. [Getty]

The Blues boss says they will keep fighting on after Chelsea continued their unbeaten run under the German boss.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was pleased with his side’s display in the first half of their 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Monday night.

The German, who replaced Frank Lampard at the Stamford Bridge helm a few weeks ago, said they played with courage in the first part of the game as they leapfrogged Liverpool and West Ham in the Premier League table.

Oliver Giroud opened the scoring in the 31st minute before Germany international Timo Werner wrapped up the win eight minutes later as the West London club seal their fifth win in a row in all competitions.

Thomas Tuchel has now picked up 13 points from his first five Premier League games in charge of Chelsea (W4 D1), level with José Mourinho’s first five with the club - a record bettered only by Carlo Ancelotti and Maurizio Sarri (15 pts each).

Speaking to Sky Sports after the victory over the Magpies, Tuchel said: "I liked the first half where we played with courage and had a lot of touches in the box and lots of shots, 12 to three and kept them away from our box and did not allow any chances.

“During the whole match we lacked precision in the last box and the decision-making can be more deadly, precise, and decisive to create more from our half chances. We gave away two shots in the first two minutes of the second half, we lost duels and the decision-making was like we had something to lose.

“The guys had two days off and maybe they wanted to keep this, I spoke too early at half time about this!

"The first decision, we arrived on Tuesday and had to play on Wednesday so we had to play a double six and the experienced guys on the pitch with those with a clear picture of Chelsea from the previous season. If we do change systems, I think we can and we have to be flexible if we need to.

When quizzed whether Kepa Arrizabalaga is the club’s No. 1 following the clean sheet on the day, the Blues boss replied: "No, Edouard is the number one and that is clear, it stays like this, I am very happy Kepa continued with a second clean sheet and it was the right moment to let him feel the rhythm and build his confidence. We hoped for the very best performance and Edu will be in from now on because he is the number one."

On Werner ending his goalscoring drought, Tuchel said: "I am convinced Timo was decisive with an assist and goal, I am very happy with that and he was working hard in the last few matches. He can play as a double striker, as a number nine if he is clever enough to use his speed and runs but his favourite position is if he can move out to the left.

"Top four is the target and stays the target, there are many team behind us chasing. We had many points to recover and it stays a big challenge because many games are coming. We are going to play teams from the top and bottom, every game is difficult and we will keep fighting."

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