Tuchel hails ‘fantastic’ second-half display

Thomas Tuchel praised his Chelsea side for their blistering second-half performance in the 4-0 win at Burnley.

The Clarets caused Chelsea problems in a goalless first half but it was a different story after the interval.

Asked what was said in the dressing room at half-time, Tuchel said: “It was very calm. We just reminded everybody what we want to do – reminded everybody where the spaces were, where we want to find the acceleration and need to step up.

“That was clearly up front. We needed to ask questions and make life more difficult for their back four.

“The team did very well and we kept on believing and had a fantastic second half with a brilliant result.”

Chelsea took control once the fit-again Reece James scored the opening goal at Turf Moor.

James’ return after two months out with a hamstring injury has been a big boost for Tuchel’s side.

Tuchel admitted: “We missed him for such a long time that we almost got used to it.

“We were constantly trying to find solutions and we did find solutions as a team, and we managed to win games and even trophies in this period.

“But once he is back you see what we missed: huge quality. I am very happy that he came back like this.”