Mason Mount has revealed the Chelsea manager’s gameplan in their win over Liverpool on Thursday night at Anfield.
The youngster was the difference in the match, scoring the game’s only goal with a superb effort just before half-time.
At full time, he’s given the lowdown on another Thomas Tuchel tactical masterclass.
Mount said: “The gameplan was to press them high and not let them have the ball, we knew how good they are with it. Most of the time their defensive line is high, and the runs in between are on.”
“Where the season is at the moment, it’s very tight in the top four. We want to keep pushing and these big games we need to win.
“We’ve been good defensively but haven’t been scoring enough – tonight, to get the goal it was good to score and maybe we could have had a couple more. We had to go and be brave, win the ball back up high and exploit the high defensive line”
Mason Mount scored a superb winner as Chelsea triumphed at Anfield for the first time since 2014, inflicting Liverpool’s fifth straight home defeat and climbing into the top four.
The Blues were the more dangerous side from the start, with Timo Werner twice going close early on and then having a goal overturned for offside after a Video Assistant Referee review.
Instead, it was Mount who gave Chelsea their deserved lead in the 42nd minute, cutting inside from the left corner of the box and whipping a clinical finish into the bottom right corner.
The visitors continued to threaten after the break, with Ben Chilwell forcing a save from Alisson and Hakim Ziyech’s follow-up being blocked on the line by Andrew Robertson.
Liverpool’s Diogo Jota made his return from injury after a three-month lay-off, but the Reds finished the match with just one attempt on target, while it took another Alisson save to stop Werner making it 2-0.
Chelsea forward Timo Werner has expressed his desire to emulate the Blues legend Didier Drogba.
The Germany international has endured a testing debut campaign in England, but he is not the first proven frontman to experience such struggles.
Timo Werner believes he can still follow in the footsteps of Didier Drogba at Chelsea, with the Germany international eager to point out that many proven strikers before him have taken a season to settle in England.
The Blues have a chequered history when it comes to big-name forwards. Patience was, however, rewarded by Drogba.
The Ivorian netted just 10 league goals in his debut campaign, and Werner believes he is capable of overcoming a slow start and emulating the efforts of a four-time Premier League winner.
Werner told BBC Sport,via Goal, when asked if he looks to Drogba for inspiration: “A lot of good strikers come to the Premier League and take one year to settle down and adapt.
“I think my form is going up and getting better and better. Maybe this year is not the year of goal-scoring for Timo but at the end I will reflect on the season.
“I have learned a lot. I know exactly the teams we play against, how they play.”
Liverpool boss has heaped praise on the match-winner Mason Mount after Chelsea defeated his team 1-0 at Anfield.
Mount’s first-half goal was all that Chelsea needed to ensure they remain undefeated under Thomas Tuchel.
It was huge win for west London club, who move into the top four.
Meanwhile, for Liverpool, it’s a fifth straight loss at home, their worst streak in history.
A disappointed Klopp believes his players need to find a way to show the talent they clearly possess if they are to recapture their best form.
After the match, the Reds boss said: “Unfortunately, we cannot say it is only at home. It is not all about Anfield, it is too often in general.
“In the decisive moments we have to improve. We have to show our quality in these moments and we don’t do that often enough.
“Intense game, tight game, one very decisive moment decided the game – the individual quality of Mason, if you want, in that situation decided the game.
“It was a ball in behind our last line, cut inside and in the end we don’t defend in the right space because these quality players, they go inside and they want to shoot from there so we don’t have to be on the six-yard box, we have to be there where he wants to finish it off.
“I think we were not there and that’s the goal we conceded, and our situations we didn’t use. That’s pretty much the explanation for the result.”