Christian Pulisic admitted that he and other attackers “could have done better” but is happy that Chelsea eventually secured a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United.
The Blues had to work for the win, having had to hold on to the one-goal lead from Oliver Norwood’s own goal for over an hour before Hakim Ziyech double their lead in the last minutes.
Despite dominating 63% of possession of the ball, Chelsea found it difficult to get out of the vistiors’ high-pressing plan.
But they still had a few chances to put the game to bed, particularly through Pulisic who was arguably Chelsea’s best attacker in the game.
“Sheffield United didn’t make it easy on us – they have quality and we had to suffer a bit in the second half,” Pulisic told BBC One.
“But it’s another clean sheet, a good performance.
“We knew it would be a bit uncomfortable, there would always be a bit of pressure but we had to just work as a team which we did eventually.
“They’re a good defensive side, there were a couple of chances where myself and others could’ve done better but it’s a good result.
“We have a confident bunch of guys here and when you go on a streak like this we’re feeling really good, and we’re feeling like we can beat anyone.”
Chelsea boss Tuchel seems to agree with Pulisic, saying the winger could have killed the game earlier.
“We let them come back because we had full control in first half and second half a big chance with Christian Pulisic to finish the game early,” he said in his post match interview.
“We made too many easy mistakes and lost duels and lost some momentum.”
The significant defensive improvement since Tuchel came in has made it possible for Chelsea to win without having to perform well on the other end of the pitch.
Keeping a clean sheet without Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante in the starting line-up seemed unattainable a few months ago.
Booking a ticket to the FA Cup semi-final while giving the likes of Pulisic, Billy Gilmour, Emerson and Olivier Giroud some deserved minutes, Tuchel would likely be fine with the not-so-great performance.