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Thomas Tuchel made a clear statement about who his first-choice goalkeeper is after Chelsea made it into the top four with a 2-0 win over Newcastle.
Timo Werner scored and helped as a 14-game goal drought ended to help Chelsea to victory over visiting magpies.
Werner’s center bounced off Olivier Giroud to score Chelsea’s first goal in the first half, after the forward replaced the injured Tammy Abraham.
Summer’s signing Werner made it 2-0 eight minutes later, fighting off a hit to the back post.
With the victory, Chelsea climbs back to fourth place, ahead of West Ham.
Talking after the game, Tuchel He said Sky sports: “I liked the first half where we played with courage and we had a lot of touches in the area and a lot of shots, 12 to three and we kept them away from our area and we did not allow opportunities.
“Throughout the game we lacked precision in the last box and decision making can be more lethal, precise and decisive to create more of our half chances.
“We gave away two shots in the first two minutes of the second half, we lost duels and the decision-making was as if we had something to lose.
“The guys had two days off and maybe they wanted to keep this, I spoke too early at halftime about this!
“The first decision, we arrived on Tuesday and we had to play on Wednesday, so we had to play a double six and the experienced ones on the field with whom they had a clear image of Chelsea from the previous season. If we change the systems, I think we can and we have to be flexible if necessary. “
Mendy is still number one
Regarding his decision to go with Kepa in goal over Edouard Mendy, the German stated that the latter is still the club’s number 1.
And he added: “Edouard is number one and that is clear, it stays that way. I am very happy that Kepa continued with a second clean sheet and it was the right moment to let him feel the rhythm and gain confidence.
“We expected the best performance and Edu will be from now on because he is number one.”
Werner, meanwhile, was relieved to have finally found the mark in a dominant Chelsea performance.
He told Sky Sports: “The first half was very good for us, we played football very well. Happy to have finally scored and there is still a long way to go, but if we continue like this it will be a good ending for us.
“As a forward you always want to score, the last month was tough and I wasn’t happy not to score. But in the end it is a team sport, when we win everything is fine. Helping my team with assists and happy to have scored today.
“For a striker it’s worse when you can’t get into the right situations and have the chances. I had many occasions that I lost, my team brought me many situations in which today I was able to score, when I continue, the goals will come like today and the assists too ”.
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