After beating Club America, Thomas Tuchel was asked about several people who were involved in the win that kicked off our pre-season games this weekend, but he started by summarizing a contest in the United States which, according to him, has provided a significant advancement in training so far.
An unfortunate Reece James own goal canceled out a Timo Werner opener early in the second half after a different 11 started the second half compared to the first half.
However, Mason Mount struck superbly later for a confidence victory against a Mexican team that is halfway through the season.
“It was a very difficult match against very difficult opponents in an environment like playing in a full stadium”, analyzed Tuchel.
“The first half was difficult for us to create clean chances, we couldn’t score but kept a clean sheet and the second half we found better solutions and looked more dangerous. So a very good second half, good first half, we deserved to win and I’m happy we won it.
The first half was the longest Ben Chilwell has played since his serious knee injury last November…
“I’m super happy he’s back,” smiled his head coach. “It’s a difference between training and playing a game and he will take time, but he will get there because he deserves it and we will support him on the way back.”
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“I’m happy that no one is injured after a very physical game and two very physical weeks.”
Goalscorer Timo Werner and Conor Gallagher, back from loan, were two others on whom the post-match spotlight shone…
“Timo played 45 minutes like everyone else and Timo scored,” said Tuchel. “That’s what matters and from there we go. There are always things to improve, but this is the first game.
‘Kai had a great chance, Michy had a great chance, Timo took the chance and Mason too.
“I’m counting on the fact that as they become more experienced, maybe they become calmer and adapt more and more. They are still young players and what we expect from them is is that they stay confident, stay focused and do what they need to do as strikers.
“With Conor, it’s the same as a midfielder. He trains at a very high level and you can clearly see that it was the right decision to let him go on loan. He took a big step in his development that year and became an England player, and you can clearly see that in training. It’s a very good start from him and it was a good game from him.
“Now it’s important that he gets used to our playing principles, to understand when to move when not to move, but his work rate is exceptional and that can be a big asset for us.”
Ethan Ampadu, another back from loan, also earned praise from Tuchel…
“I was a bit sad today because some youngsters had to be away due to injury or just because we had too many players for two teams. Some other players deserved to play, like for example Harvey Vale who had a fantastic tournament for the England Under-19s and did very well in training.
“Ethan did really well in a good position for him in the middle of a back three.
“He plays a lot of vertical passes, he didn’t play from left to right but only penetrated through the opponent’s lines with his passes and sometimes with his dribbles. He was very active and it was a good game of his part. He also trains very well.