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Tuchel’s defensive masterclass proves Chelsea’s title credentials

Mo Salah closes in on Le Tissier, but Tuchel's defensive masterclass proves Chelsea's title credentials

The fascinating 90 minutes between Liverpool and Chelsea on Saturday night finally culminated in a 1-1 draw.

Salah on target

The big game of the Premier League weekend was played at Anfield recently.

Liverpool hosted Chelsea in Merseyside, for a match between two of the top favorites for the Premier League title.

A hotly contested affair was predicted before kickoff, and both the Reds and the visitors enjoyed a flawless start to the 2021/22 campaign.

In turn, when all was said and done on Saturday, it was no surprise to see the loot shared.

It was Chelsea who opened the match scoring midway through the first half, when Kai Havertz’s wonderful improv piece saw the German nod past the failed Alisson of Reece James’s whipped corner:

James, however, soon went from hero to villain.

After a chaotic sequence of events in the away area where the ball fell to the back post, Diogo Jota’s shot on goal was kept out by Chelsea’s right-back.

However, subsequent replays showed the fact that James’ hand had played a role in the block, culminating not only in the awarding of a penalty, but also sending the Blues star for an early bath:

Mohamed Salah, in turn, stepped forward to score the ensuing penalty shot with poise, drawing ever closer to Matt Le Tissier’s remarkable Premier League benchmark in the process:

Tuchel continues to impress

From here, Liverpool was expected to simply overwhelm Chelsea, as Jurgen Klopp’s men have done with visiting teams at Anfield time and again in recent seasons.

The interval, however, saw Thomas Tuchel choose to turn things around, with Mateo Kovacic and Thiago Silva introduced to the fray.

And to say that such changes were key to winning visitors a share of the loot would be an understatement.

A world-class defensive display throughout the 45 seconds, during which players like Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and the aforementioned Thiago Silva shone, kept the ever-dangerous Liverpool side firmly at bay.

And such remarkable poise, while down to ten men for a full 45 minutes at the home of one of the most devastating offensive teams in European football, proved, in a nutshell, why Chelsea are now a legitimate and undisputed contender for the Premier League title.

Not only that, but the pensioners’ efforts at Anfield also proved once again why Thomas Tuchel, today, may well be the best strategist on the planet.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 West Ham United 2 5 6
2 Chelsea Football Club 2 5 6
3 Liverpool FC 2 5 6
4 Brighton and Hove Albion 2 3 6
5 Tottenham Hotspur 2 2 6
6 United manchester 2 4 4
7 Everton FC 2 2 4
8 Brentford fc 2 2 4
9 Manchester city 2 4 3
10 Aston Villa 2 1 3
eleven Watford FC 2 -1 3
12 Leicester City 2 -2 3
13 Southampton FC 2 -2 1
14 crystal Palace 2 -3 1
fifteen Leeds United 2 -4 1
sixteen Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 -2 0
17 FC Burnley 2 -3 0
18 Newcastle united 2 -4 0
19 Arsenal FC 2 -4 0
twenty Norwich city 2 -8 0
Player Team Goals
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 4
Fernandes, Bruno United manchester 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 2
Benrahma said West Ham United 2
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 2
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 2
Fornals, Pablo West Ham United 2
Torres, Ferran Manchester city 2
Wilson, Callum Newcastle united 2
Maupay, Neal Brighton and Hove Albion 2
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 2
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 2
Gallagher, Conor crystal Palace 2
Greenwood, Mason United manchester 2
Jesus, Gabriel Manchester city 1
James, Reece Chelsea Football Club 1
Doucoure, Abdoulaye Everton FC 1
Mahrez, Riyadh Manchester city 1
Grealish, Jack Manchester city 1

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