Jorginho scores Chelsea's winner at Tottenham
Jorginho’s goal was his fifth of the season for Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel continued his unbeaten start as Chelsea manager with victory at Tottenham, a result that moved them into the Premier League’s top six.

Jorginho’s first-half penalty, awarded after Eric Dier upended Timo Werner, gave the Blues a win their more progressive approach deserved against a Spurs side devoid of ideas and ambition until it was too late.

Tuchel has now enjoyed two wins and a draw, without conceding a goal, since replacing the sacked Frank Lampard, and while the animated German occasionally displayed signs of frustration in his technical area, this was ultimately a satisfying outcome.

In contrast, it was a third successive defeat in a dismal sequence for Tottenham and manager Jose Mourinho as they were punished for a desperately negative gameplan which, shorn of main marksman Harry Kane, barely gave Chelsea an anxious moment until Carlos Vinicius headed Serge Aurier’s cross wide at the far post when unmarked late on.

Demanding Tuchel continues good start

Tuchel has wasted no time in laying down his demands to Chelsea’s players and his presence on the touchline certainly galvanises them into action.

He was on the move throughout this win, expressing pleasure and discontent throughout, on one occasion shouting “yes” and applauding his side vigorously after bellowing “go, go” to order Chelsea to pressurise Spurs.

It is early days but Tuchel has got Chelsea playing at a faster pace and the right-sided combination of Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi is clearly something he feels has promise.

In reality, this was a relatively comfortable night for the Blues, despite losing the experienced Thiago Silva with a hamstring injury in the first half.

Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy was barely troubled, apart from a diving save from Erik Lamela, while Mason Mount’s driving runs and energy from midfield were sure to have impressed his new manager.

Werner is still struggling for a break, but he won the crucial penalty and never stopped running despite not always enjoying the best of fortune.

All in all, this was a pleasing night for Tuchel and his new charges.

Negative Spurs deserved nothing

Spurs manager Mourinho will no doubt point to that bad late miss to Vinicius as a moment when they might have snatched a point – but, in reality, they got what their approach merited: nothing.

Mourhino’s side looked desperately short of threat without the injured Kane, with even Son Heung-min struggling as he received little support or service.

In a bewildering first-half display, Spurs at times almost seemed unwilling to leave their own half, instantly handing the initiative to Chelsea. It was an invitation the visitors were only too happy to accept.

Tottenham, as they had to do, showed more positive intent after the break, but it was hardly a wave of attacks and, when he did make changes, it was significant Mourinho turned to Lamela and Lucas Moura rather than Gareth Bale, who was left unused.

Kane’s absence would strip any team of an edge of menace but it was also Mourinho’s no-risk strategy that let Tuchel’s side benefit for most of the game.

Late rally aside, particularly Vinicius’ miss, this was a grim evening for Spurs their manager.

Mourinho’s first ever back-to-back home defeats the stats

  • Mourinho lost back-to-back home league matches for the first time in his 327th such game.
  • Tuchel became the first Chelsea manager to keep clean sheets in his first three matches in charge since Mourinho in August 2004.
  • Tottenham have suffered three successive Premier League defeats for the first time since November 2012.
  • Chelsea have seven points from Tuchel’s three matches – as many as they managed in Lampard’s final eight.
  • Spurs have lost four of their past five league games when Kane has not played.
  • Mourinho has not won any of his past seven games against former club Chelsea – his joint-longest winless run against an opponent in his managerial career (also against Barcelona between April 2011 and January 2012 when he was Real Madrid boss).
  • Jorginho’s opener for Chelsea was his 10th Premier League goal, eight of which have been penalties.
  • Alongside Jamie Vardy, Anthony Martial and Patrick Bamford, Chelsea striker Werner has won the joint-most Premier League penalties this season (three each).

More to follow.

Player of the match

MountMason Mount


  1. Squad number19Player nameMount

  2. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi

  3. Squad number24Player nameJames

  4. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

  5. Squad number17Player nameKovacic

  6. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  7. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  8. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  9. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger

  10. Squad number3Player nameAlonso

  11. Squad number11Player nameWerner

  12. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  13. Squad number4Player nameChristensen

  14. Squad number7Player nameKanté



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 24Aurier
  • 4AlderweireldBooked at 50mins
  • 15Dier
  • 33Davies
  • 17Sissoko
  • 5HøjbjergBooked at 63mins
  • 23BergwijnSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 69′minutes
  • 28NdombeleSubstituted forLamelaat 69′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 45Alves Morais


  • 2Doherty
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 8Winks
  • 9Bale
  • 11Lamela
  • 12Hart
  • 14Rodon
  • 25Tanganga
  • 27Lucas Moura


Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16Mendy
  • 28AzpilicuetaBooked at 88mins
  • 6Thiago SilvaSubstituted forChristensenat 36′minutes
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 24James
  • 5Jorginho
  • 17KovacicSubstituted forKantéat 74′minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 3Alonso
  • 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forPulisicat 65′minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 19Mount
  • 11Werner


  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 4Christensen
  • 7Kanté
  • 9Abraham
  • 10Pulisic
  • 18Giroud
  • 21Chilwell
  • 22Ziyech
  • 33Emerson

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