Tuchel explains what Chelsea had ‘never’ done before Wednesday

Thomas Tuchel was satisfied after watching Chelsea maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

The Blues drew 1-1 with Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup third round before advancing with victory in a penalty shoot-out.

Chelsea have now played eight games this season and are yet to taste defeat, which Tuchel was delighted with after making ten changes to the side that strolled past Tottenham at the weekend.

Kepa Arrizabalaga was the only player who retained his place and Tuchel paid tribute to the goalkeeper.

“Kepa is the man again,” he said. “He’s very strong with penalties. It helps if you have had good experiences, even in penalty shoot-outs, so we focused on that.

“We tried our best and I’m happy the players kept their cool and did what they needed to do, were strong. I’m happy – it’s a nice win because it was tough in a nice win, a big cup fight, and it’s good to win it like this.”

The German was more than happy with the rest of his players and how they adjusted to a new formation.

For the first time in his Chelsea tenure, Tuchel deployed a 4-3-3 system and shelved the three-man defence he had implemented masterfully since February.

Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr featured at centre-half, flanked by Reece James and Ben Chilwell.

N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Saul Niguez made up a quite ludicrous midfield considering it was entirely changed.

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But perhaps the most positive aspect of the performance was Timo Werner starting centrally and scoring in an attack that also featured Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech.

“It was a good game full of energy, good chances on both sides between two teams who tried everything to win,” Tuchel said, as quoted by the club’s official website.

“Aston Villa played very strong, like they did ten days ago, and again today. We also did very good.

“It was a nice game to watch, to be in the stadium for. This is also part of what we do, to have entertainment. I’m happy because we won, it was a hard one, and now we have some competitive minutes in more players’ legs.

“We had many changes, the team had never played in this formation.

“This needs a bit of time on the field, but it was important we don’t expect too much in terms of how we create chances. We expected energy and teamwork, and this is what we got out of it. With every minute we got more confident.”

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