We had to wait until the 89th minute to get the winning goal through Hakim Ziyech, after the same player had earlier had a goal disallowed by VAR, and a combination of determined opponents and terrible weather in the aftermath of Storm Eunice forced the Blues to work hard for the three points at Selhurst Park.
That left Tuchel in no doubt that there is a lot more to come from this team than we saw today, even if he was pleased to have got the win and restricted Crystal Palace’s chances to a minimum at the back.
‘In know that we can play better, I know that we want to play better,’ he said. ‘We were at least solid defensively, we were disciplined.
‘We told the team at half-time not to lose faith and to keep on going like in a cup game, maybe this one chance will come again and it is decisive. Keep on believing, don’t to crazy stuff and don’t take risks to allow transitions for the opponent.
‘The first chance we allowed Crystal Palace was a clear foul on Christian, and okay the last one is in added time when we can defend better, but it was the only chance. We have a clean sheet and it is not the first 1-0 we have.’