3 things Tuchel got right as Werner inspires Chelsea win over Newcastle
Chelsea continued their unbeaten start to life under Thomas Tuchel with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening.
Goals from Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner earned the Blues all three points and saw them move into the Champions League places.
Giroud, who replaced the injured Tammy Abraham after just 20 minutes, gave Chelsea the lead after some excellent work from Werner out wide.
The Germany international then got on the scoresheet himself with a close range finish from a deflected Mason Mount corner.
Daily Star Sport takes a look at three things Tuchel got right.
Werner breaks his drought
Werner scored his first Premier League goal in exactly 1,000 minutes when he netted Chelsea's second from close range in the first-half.
The 24-year-old's lack of goals had become a huge talking point in recent months but, under Tuchel, his performances have improved and that elusive goal has now come.
Werner was instrumental in Chelsea's success in this game and former Blues' striker Chris Sutton said on commentary for BBC Radio 5 Live: "It's a good run in that far post area. Closing the door, waiting for the flick. He does well to get there – how important could that be for Werner to go on a run.
"What an impact he's had this evening, creating a goal and scoring a much needed one for himself."
Tuchel's decision to switch to a back three with wing-backs has paid dividends since his appointment, with Chelsea picking up four wins and one draw in their five league games under the German.
The presence of three centre-backs has tightened up Chelsea defensively, with the Blues conceding just the one league goal under Tuchel, while the wing-back position suits the likes of Marcos Alonso and Reece James and has allowed Callum Hudson-Odoi to feature more regularly.
Against Newcastle, the new system continued to work as Chelsea picked up all three points and kept a clean sheet.
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Kepa over Mendy
Tuchel surprisingly opted to start Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal over regular keeper Edouard Mendy and it was a big night for the Spaniard, whose time at Chelsea looked to be over under Frank Lampard.
Speaking ahead of the game to Sky Sports, Tuchel explained his decision, saying: "Well we need a strong Kepa in our squad and he had a good game in the cup so we decided to give him another match to build up a bit of rhythm, a little bit of confidence, to trust.
"At the same time, Edu the chance to mentality recover – it's a demanding position mentally and concentration wise. With one decision we have both advantages."
Kepa may not have had too much to do all game, but keeping a clean sheet on his return will surely be a major confidence booster as he looks to resurrect his Chelsea career.
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