Disciplined, solid and serious. Those were three words Thomas Tuchel used to describe the Chelsea performance that overcame a committed Crystal Palace on Sunday, keeping the Blues in two competitions in the closing weeks for the season and ensuring the possibility that it can end with more silverware in his hands.
Having watched his side bounce back from Champions League elimination by reaching the second FA Cup final of his time in charge of Chelsea, and make a domestic Wembley final for the second time this season (where Liverpool will once again provide the opposition), Tuchel further analysed the Palace game, explaining that our opponents set some unanticipated tactical challenges.
‘We had to take care of some things to control Crystal Palace before they started their counter-attacks and for that, we had to be very disciplined,’ he began.
‘We had to close the spaces down while we tried to attack. They changed their formation today. We did not expect that so there were not the same spaces to explore that we thought we can explore.
‘We played very disciplined on the ball, they were disciplined off the ball, so it was not the most exciting game maybe to watch. It was challenging for us to keep that focus and discipline up because of our very demanding schedule, we came from Madrid, so this is where the credit goes. I’m very proud that we did not lose the focus for a second.’