Thomas Tuchel’s team beat Sheffield United 2-1 to extend their unbeaten start as Chelsea boss

Chelsea have overcome disappointment with Antonio Rudiger’s own goal as they ousted Sheffield United to extend Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten start as manager at Bramall Lane on Sunday night

The blues went ahead just before the break when Mason Mount completed a full procession of visitors

Chelsea then conceded their first goal under Tuchel in their fourth responsible game, when Rüdiger passed Edouard Mendy 10 minutes after the restart in his own network

Their winner came in a bizarre way when Timo Werner was overthrown by goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for a clear penalty, but referee Kevin Friend kept waving

However, a VAR check followed and a spot kick was awarded – one that Jorginho properly converted

Tuchel’s team held on to score 10 out of 12 since taking office last month

The London team are now fifth in the Premier League, just one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool

Tuchel admitted the game was “hard to see” but what did the national media think of it?

Richard Jolly wrote for the Guardian: “Thomas Tuchel continues to benefit from the protégés of his predecessors Chelsea moved into the top 5 with a third win in a row under his new manager

“Once again, part of Frank Lampard’s legacy showed that he is becoming an integral part of the new regime. Mason Mount scored Chelsea’s first and last league goals under his mentor

“He opened his account for his successor with a Lampard-like punch to score a hard-fought victory and set a marker

“There was another kind of premiere too. When Chelsea appointed Tuchel, it seemed like a ploy to meet a German colleague

“Kai Havertz was absent due to injury and Timo Werner’s drought stretched to 14 league games, but his less expensive compatriot Antonio Rüdiger became the first player to score a strange own goal against Tuchel’s Chelsea

“Meanwhile, Mount overshadowed big purchases, becoming the first player in the new manager’s top three to find the net and the youngest man to score 10 Premier League goals for Chelsea since Arjen Robben

“Werner’s only goal in three months came against Morecambe, but he contributed to both goals against Chris Wilder’s team and almost scored himself”He ended the evening on credit”

“Frank Lampard’s successes as a Chelsea player will never be forgotten, but the excitement about his release as manager will decrease the longer Thomas Tuchel wins

“This win resulted in three wins in a row since the tie in Tuchel’s first responsible game

“In two short weeks, the German has revived the hopes of the Champions League in Chelsea, which Lampard had failed in his job over the past few weeks

“The Blues have climbed to fifth place and are just one point outside the top 4 in this open race for Champions League places”

Ian Herbert wrote for the Daily Mail: “The fate of the title may always seem safer, but with an inconsistent and often flawed team like Manchester United in second place, everything else to be won Chelsea could be the beneficiary

“The manner of their third straight win in four unbeaten games under Thomas Tuchel won’t send waves of fear across the nation, but the team looks less baffled and purpose-driven under new leadership

“Where in the world Timo Werner, who recently set the continent on fire, disappeared remains a mystery, but at least he no longer looks like a striker stuck on the wing. Frank Lampard had him made

“The points were in the game to the bitter end when a Billy Sharpe free kick was blocked by Edouard Mendy but Chelsea moved up to fifth and won winnable games against Newcastle and Southampton before Manchester United traveled to Stamford Bridge for the first real test of what Tuchel brought in at the end of the month Tuchel was satisfied “

“It was a strange evening for Chelsea on Bramall Lane,” wrote Simon Phillips for The Sun

“The Blues scored all three points against Sheffield United, but the game felt like a tough Champions League semi-final

“Thomas Tuchel is now unbeaten in four games for Chelsea, three of those wins, but it was actually his trustworthy and dependable center-back Antonio Rudiger who made the win very difficult

“Ironically, Rüdiger was the first player to score against Tuchel since the German took over the reign

“His trusted compatriot scored the strangest own goals to get Sheffield United back into the game 1-1 when it actually looked a lot easier just to clear the ball”

“This sums up the weirdness of the game and the weirdness of Tuchel’s starting grid

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“But Giroud is a target man, a very good target man, but honestly nothing more. This formation made him look poor

“I believe the game would have been a lot easier if Tuchel had had a more creative option to play in this position

“But apparently none were available – with people like Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz who weren’t even mentioned in the roster”

He added: “But in the end the visitors got stuck for a second game

“And you have the feeling that Tuchel really has to find a way to win games more convincingly and earlier in order to avoid these situations”

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