Chelsea confirmed the hallmarks of a Premier League title-winning staff in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool, says Gary Neville.
European champions Chelsea dug deep to placed on a defensive masterclass as Thomas Tuchel’s aspect ensured their unbeaten begin to the season was not derailed by Reece James’ contentious dismissal for handball in first-half stoppage-time at Anfield.
Mohamed Salah scored the ensuing penalty, however Chelsea channelled their anger and frustration on the choice into an excellent second-half defensive show which Neville believes will breathe confidence into their title problem and leaves Liverpool with doubts.
“It was a fully good sport,” Neville instructed Sky Sports activities. “Earlier than the sport we thought this could be a a lot sterner check for Chelsea than that they had at Arsenal, however they’ll depart Anfield assured.
“They performed nicely within the first half and managed Liverpool, who had been taking part in very well, however the resilience they confirmed within the second half is what we affiliate with championship-winning groups. They’re a great distance from that, however they’ve proven these qualities.”
Neville added: “Liverpool will depart with a few doubts that they could not go and punish Chelsea within the second half. Liverpool at full pelt beneath Jurgen Klopp would have gone and gained that sport a couple of years in the past.”
Tuchel: James pink spoiled sport
Chelsea head coach Tuchel claimed James’ contentious dismissal spoiled an enthralling Anfield contest.
Anthony Taylor despatched off Chelsea full-back James for dealing with a Sadio Mane shot throughout a penalty-box melee after reviewing the footage on the recommendation of the video assistant referee.
The Chelsea head coach understood how the choice was reached however voiced requires officers to be granted extra time and viewing angles for future choices.
“I do not like these early pink playing cards, after all – not at Liverpool after we play however on the whole,” Tuchel stated. “For me it is a bit the spoiler of the sport.
“No one I believe needs to see that for 45 minutes, they wish to see a high-level sport and even me once I’m watching on TV, I do not prefer it. I’ve no resolution now for it and no higher concept within the second however on the whole it’s a spoiler.
“The state of affairs itself, I can perceive the choice and I am not saying it is a incorrect choice, however I didn’t like the way in which the referee checked it as a result of for me he checked solely the picture.
“I might have wished for an extended consideration, an extended thought and a greater view on the entire state of affairs. Possibly he would have taken the identical choice. I believe it stays a gray state of affairs and he may have perhaps taken the identical choice and now we have to stay with it.”
Tuchel confirmed returning midfielder N’Golo Kante was changed at half-time attributable to damage, which he says made the purpose at Anfield all of the extra spectacular.
“I imply, can there be any tougher problem than going one man down and taking N’Golo Kante off at half-time at Anfield? I do not know,” he added. “And having Liverpool taking part in in the direction of the Kop.
“[It’s a] fairly robust one however we did glorious, and we’re tremendous glad how we did and we really feel like we deserved some extent.
“With pure will, we took the warmth out of the sport. That was staff effort at its perfect. They by no means misplaced the form, they tried to shut the half areas. I hoped we’d survive and take a well-earned level, and we did, the teamwork was completely unbelievable.”
Klopp: Some extent a good outcome
Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp was pissed off his aspect had been unable to transform their numerical benefit into victory however saluted his gamers’ effort.
“Immediately we clearly had greater possibilities within the first half already, which we did not rating,” Klopp stated.
“The efficiency was actually good towards the strongest Chelsea aspect for a protracted, very long time. It is at all times tough towards Chelsea, so I used to be actually pleased with the primary half.
“The second half, I am not any person that simply watches infrequently and says ‘oh 11 towards 10, that should be straightforward’. I noticed 5 million video games, I do know that is actually not a large benefit, particularly towards a top quality aspect like Chelsea with the defending abilities they’ve.
“They knew the job they needed to do was simply to defend in and across the field roughly, and it was tough. We may have accomplished higher for positive nevertheless it’s early within the season. We’d like this one second the place you get by means of, the place you’ll be able to end it off.
“We had our finishers, we had good soccer moments. We tried every little thing, we defended the potential counter-attacks more often than not very well – generally we needed to run a bit additional to catch them once more however we did.
“Chelsea put a correct shift in as nicely and I respect that, so it is a draw. Simply take the purpose and keep it up.”