Thomas Tuchel celebrated his first win in charge of Chelsea by firing a warning to his attacking players after the comfortable 2-0 victory over Burnley.
Emphatic finishes from Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso were enough to seal the win against a well below-par Clarets side.
Azpilicueta drilled Callum Hudson-Odoi’s lay-off high past Nick Pope just before half-time in the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.
Azpilicueta’s fellow Spanish defender Alonso, returning to the side after being snubbed by Frank Lampard, added a classy second late on.
The wing-back skilfully controlled a Christian Pulisic cross before lashing a volley over Pope at his near post.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Tuchel said: “I was very pleased with the performance – defensively and offensively – and it’s very important to have a win.
“It gives us a boost and the most confidence possible.
“We controlled the match completely and we never lost intensity, the focus or awareness. They (Burnley) play an unbelievable amount of long balls all the time and they fight.”
Sharper finishing and Werner struggles
Both of Chelsea’s goals were scored by defenders and Tuchel said his forward players need to sharpen their finishing.
He added: “It should be a signal to our guys up front that we needed defensive players to score. We lacked precision in the last pass and touch. But in the finishing we will work on this absolutely.
“We had a lot of touches, half-chances and deliveries in the box. But in the end I could not care less.”
As for Timo Werner’s continued struggles – the striker has not scored in the league since November 7 – Tuchel added: “We can not expect that it changes from one minute to the other or one day to the other.
“He’s not the only striker in the world that is very sensitive when he does not score, when he misses the feeling of scoring.
“Maybe we need a stupid goal for him – a deflection – but we will continue to push him.”