Chelsea climbed into the Premier League top six as Thomas Tuchel earned the first major victory of his short time in charge of the Blues with a 1-0 win at Tottenham on Thursday.
“We are super happy about the result. It was a tough game against a strong opponent, but we did very well and controlled the game well,” said Thomas, who has taken seven points from three games in his first eight days in charge.
“It’s not about my methods. I’m happy with the attitude, the squad, the potential.
“It’s a nice group and they are open. It’s a pleasure to be around them. We have a lot of support in the whole club. It was a quick start, but an easy one because I feel very welcome Thomas Tuchel said happily.”
Since a 2-0 victory over Arsenal in early December took Tottenham top of the table, they have won just twice in their last 10 league games to not only see hopes of a first league title in 60 years disappear, but their chances of even making the top four rapidly recede.
For the first time in Mourinho’s managerial career, he has lost back-to-back home league games.
A run of 13 points from 12 games is also worse than the slow start to last season that saw Mauricio Pochettino sacked as Spurs boss, 12 matches into the campaign.
“The reality of the first half was with them being superior was a penalty that decided the first half and that decided the game. I believe in the second half we deserved more than what we got.”
Timo Werner’s poor form played a major part in Lampard’s dismissal, but the German international is slowly finding his feet under his compatriot and could have scored inside a minute with a looping header that sailed just wide.
Chelsea did not concede a single shot on target to Burnley or Wolves and quickly established complete control of the ball once more with Tottenham happy to sit deep and wait for their chance to counter-attack.
However, Spurs’ defensive resolve was undone on 24 minutes when Eric Dier unnecessarily swept away Werner’s legs from under him inside the box.
Jorginho had missed three penalties already this season, but cut out his usual stutter-step run-up and smashed the ball low past Hugo Lloris.
Callum Hudson-Odoi fired a low shot just side before Serge Aurier’s last-ditch tackle denied Werner his first Premier League goal since November.
Despite the absence of Kane, Gareth Bale was again left on the bench for the entire match after failing to make an impact in defeat at Brighton on Sunday in his first league start for nearly three months.
Mourinho introduced Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela instead in a bid to make a breakthrough.
Lamela produced his side’s only shot on target of the game with a long range effort that Edouard Mendy comfortably parried to safety.
Tottenham’s big chance to level came four minutes from time when Carlos Vinicius headed wide Aurier’s cross from point-blank range.
Thomas Tuchel cut an animated figure on the touchline as his side failed to make the game safe with a second goal, but let out a satisfied scream of “yes” at full-time after passing his first big test as Chelsea boss with flying colours.