Thomas Tuchel held private talks with three Chelsea stars on first day of training

That did not dishearten Tuchel though, who insisted that if there had been fans inside Stamford Bridge, they would walk away smiling.

“But when I look at this game I’m pretty amazed,” said Tuchel. “I can totally identify with what we did. I would have been happy to have a full stadium here.

“I think the supporters would have liked what they saw: 16 recoveries in the last third is proof of energy on the pitch.

“We managed to keep the game in the opponents’ half, closed down counter-attacks early, created half chances, more with every minute. I was very happy with what I saw, how we closed down spaces.


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