Thomas Tuchel praises two Chelsea players after disappointing draw with Burnley

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he is happy with his performance and Reece James and Kai Havertz, in particular, despite the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday.

It was a rather anticlimactic end for the Blues after such a strong performance at Stamford Bridge

They were in total control but were very unfortunate to concede their first open play goal in the Premier League this season from Burnley’s only second shot on target in the game.

Tuchel was clearly disappointed that his team could not finish their job but insisted he is satisfied with the overall display.

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“We played a great game. I refuse to analyse this game from the result,” the Chelsea manager said after the game (via beIN Sports).

“I’m super happy with the performance, I’m impressed with the attitude and the power from my team in seven games in a row now.

“We created so many chances and could have easily scored the second one.”

As Tuchel pointed out, Chelsea had so many opportunities to put the game to bed.

But from their 25 shot attempts, Chelsea only registered four shots on target, with 10 off target. Although to be fair to Burnley, they also managed to block 11 of those.

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Tuchel happy for James and Havertz

James has now been directly involved in more goals (seven — four goals and three assists) than any other Chelsea player in the league this term.

Only three players; Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, West Ham’s Michail Antonio, and Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes have had more goal contributions than him — which is certainly not a bad record for a defender.

Tuchel was unsurprisingly full of praise for the 21-year-old, as well Havertz who finished the chance with a superb header.

“A very good cross. [The] excellent cross was the key for this goal,” he added about James’ assist.

“We’re happy that Kai scored — it’s a brilliant goal.

“We had a lot of chances and, as I said, should’ve scored more to win the game. But [I’m] happy for Reece and Kai.”

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