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Tuchel confirms Chelsea goalkeeper pecking order & reassures Christian Pulisic following Newcastle


 

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has tonight provided an insight into the club’s pecking order between the posts, after handing Kepa Arrizabalaga a surprise start versus Newcastle.

Werner back on the scoresheet

The Blues were of course back in Premier League action a short time ago, in a meeting with Steve Bruce’s men at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea headed into proceedings with confidence high in the club’s camp, having rattled off a quartet of consecutive victories under their new boss over the last couple of weeks.

Such form meant that, ahead of kick-off this evening, Tuchel and co. were aware that another positive result would see them leapfrog floundering champions Liverpool into the top-4.

And, when the 90 minutes were said and done in west London, this is precisely what the hosts managed.

Olivier Giroud opened the game’s scoring just past the half-hour mark, shortly after being introduced off the bench in place of the injured Tammy Abraham:

And Timo Werner made sure of all 3 points shortly before half-time, bringing to an end a remarkable 1000-minute long Premier League drought in front of goal in the process:

‘Edouard is number one’

As such, on the back of proceedings coming to a close at the Bridge, the majority of the post-match chatter has surrounded Werner’s long overdue return to the scoresheet.

Ahead of the action getting underway, however, the pre-match chatter actually surrounded one of those included at the other end of the pitch for Chelsea vs Newcastle.

The player in question came in the form of Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was handed a surprise start in place of Edouard Mendy.

The Spaniard, in turn, went on to enjoy a solid evening in the capital, keeping a clean sheet, and looking assured throughout the 90 minutes.

In turn, speaking during his post-match interview, Thomas Tuchel was inevitably drawn on whether or not Kepa has usurped Mendy as his no.1 for the time being.

The Chelsea manager, however, was quick to confirm that this is not the case, with the latter remaining Tuchel’s clear-cut first-choice between the posts:

‘No, Edouard (Mendy) is number one. This is clear. This was clear before the game and stays like this.’

The topic of conversation was then angled towards Christian Pulisic, who failed to even make it off the bench this evening, amid a difficult start to life under his new boss.

Tuchel, though, was keen to reassure the former Borussia Dortmund man of his importance, urging Pulisic to ‘keep on going’:

 

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 23 32 53
2 Manchester United FC 24 19 46
3 Leicester City FC 24 16 46
4 Liverpool FC 24 13 40
5 Chelsea FC 23 14 39
6 West Ham United FC 23 6 39
7 Everton FC 22 4 37
8 Aston Villa FC 22 12 36
9 Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 11 36
10 Arsenal FC 24 6 34
11 Leeds United 23 -2 32
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 24 -7 30
13 Southampton FC 23 -9 29
14 Crystal Palace FC 24 -15 29
15 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 24 -5 26
16 Burnley FC 23 -12 26
17 Newcastle United FC 23 -13 25
18 Fulham FC 23 -12 18
19 West Bromwich Albion 24 -36 13
20 Sheffield United FC 23 -22 11
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 14
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 8
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 8
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 8
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7



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