Tuchel reflects on a job well done, thanks assistant for crucial half-time switch and rates Ziyech and Loftus-Cheek

The margin of victory was narrow despite plenty of Chelsea possession and chances, with the Blues indebted to the fine wing play of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech for creating and then converting the only goal.

Before praising that duo’s impact, Tuchel assessed the performance and result as a whole.

‘We got the job done,’ he said.

‘We wanted a result, we needed the result, we expected the result, and we delivered.

‘We had a lot of shots, and a lot of touches in the opponents’ half in the first half but we couldn’t score. We wanted to increase the intensity level a bit in the second half to force a goal, and at the moment of highest pressure in the second half we were able to use it with precision and we were clinical enough to score.

‘Control was on our side. We did not suffer difficult situations in our box, we didn’t allow awkward situations. We never lost concentration.

‘It was a deserved win, a close one. There are a lot of reasons why you can stumble today, the pitch wasn’t in good condition, two away games and a lot of travelling, some injured players, but we don’t need to look for reasons because we got the job done.’