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One thing the two managers were in total agreement on after Chelsea’s 2-0 win against us this afternoon was the fact that the home side deserved all three points.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel saw his side for the first time following their 0-0 draw against Wolves in his first game in charge. He said: “It was a very complete performance offensively and defensively. We had to be very strong physically against many long balls and the duels in the air. You have to be aware of the second balls that fly behind your back.

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“We did the work together, the three centre backs and the two sixes were absolutely outstanding. It was always active defending, we never got passive. The two guys on the sides put in a lot of effort to support the three guys up front and not allow Burnley to be too precise. We only conceded one shot which is amazing.

“At the same time, we never lost patience with the ball. We controlled the game. We created a lot of chances, we played the game high up, we had very good counter passing. There were so many good things on the pitch out there and for that I’m very happy we got this well deserved win.”

Having seen his team win the previous three games, including a victory in the FA Cup a week ago just a short distance away from Stamford Bridge, Sean Dyche was honest enough to admit that we didn’t deserve to take anything from this game.

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“I’ve no complaints because the best side won,” he said afterwards. “In the first half I thought we contained the game pretty well and kept them to a pretty slow tempo. They had a few chances, but stuff we are used to dealing with. But in the second half they were by far the better side and that happens.

“When you play the better sides and they turn up, as Chelsea did today, with a new manager, four changes and everyone playing with a bit for fizz, then it’s hard. They brought a better tempo to their passing and their pressing and we couldn’t get a foothold at all, to be honest. All credit to them; it was top players doing what top players do to win a game.

“The only gripe for me is that we had a couple of players who were below par, especially in the first half, and even though the two centre backs and Matt Lowton were excellent, without doubt the best side won on the day.”

Dyche added: “Sometimes you forget there is a vast gap of millions of pounds when you look at the two teams on a piece of paper, and that does pay you back eventually over a season. Not always, of course, because we have just shown at Liverpool that we can compete in our own style, but it’s very difficult when these teams turn up; that’s the difference and they really turned up in the second half.”

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