Tuchel praises Chelsea attitude and rates Lewis Hall’s performance

A strong Chelsea starting line-up scored four first-half goals to ensure there was no chance of an upset at Stamford Bridge, with three of those arriving in the opening 20 minutes of an enjoyable FA Cup tie in west London.

‘I’m happy with the attitude and how we started,’ said Tuchel.

‘We started strong and decided the match very early. This is what we wanted.

‘At 5-0 we had a lot of changes in some crucial positions, and had some players who lacked a bit of rhythm and confidence in the position they were playing. So the last 20 mins I would have wished for a few more chances and more clinical finishing, but okay, the job is done.’

A number of his squad had the evening off, with Tuchel using this tie as a chance to give some of his overused players a chance to recover.

‘We have tough matches coming up,’ acknowledged the boss.

‘It is a different level of intensity if you play Premier League teams or against a fifth division team. It was important to share the minutes and give some players rest to be in the best shape possible for the upcoming games.

‘Let’s see. We have to constantly adapt because the situation can change any day with the testing, and from there we go.’

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