The German had seen a Jorginho penalty, despatched confidently in the first half, win his first London derby and afterwards he spoke about the choice of that player to take the spot kick. He also dealt with the one set-back from the game, an injury to Thiago Silva, but Tuchel started with his overall assessment of his own team’s showing.
‘In general I am very pleased with the result, it is a deserved win,’ he said.
‘We were very good in the first half, very dominant and strong with the ball, good counter-pressing and we did not allow counter-attacks against one of the most dangerous sides.
‘We lacked a little bit of precision in the box and composure to make it 2-0 and to score more goals and decide the match, so the second half was a bit hard. We had some easy ball loses, and we lost a little bit of ball possession and confidence, but we never lost the structure to defend, we never lost the intensity to push up high, and the courage to defend up high and up front, so I am very pleased.
‘It is normal if you play a dominant game like this and you don’t score the second goal, it can happen that some minutes arrive when you have to suffer, but we were absolutely ready for that both mentally and physical, and I am super happy with the effort. We defended excellently.’