Chelsea beat Arsenal in North West London derby and it didn’t take long for Romelu Lukaku to score on his debut with only 15 minutes into the football match. The hosts tried to recover 20 minutes later but the Blues took advantage with Reece James adding his name to the scoresheet.
The Gunners had an opportunity to score a goal from a corner kick but Rob Holding’s shot went harmlessly wide. In the second half, neither team managed to score with Tuchel’s squad securing another 3 points and placing first in the Premier League standings.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has shared his thoughts on the North West London derby outcome. “I had a feeling in the first half we lacked a bit of sharpness and were a bit passive. I think we had a long training week double sessions and were a bit leggy. We deserved to win but there’s still room for improvement.”
“I don’t know if it’s possible to manage games in the Premier League, in some moments it was too open. They created some overloads on each side and we had to overcome but we were in control defensively. We could create some chances. In the Premier League when you don’t score the third or fourth, you can never be sure.”
“I am happy with how Romelu [Lukaku] integrated already, he’s a very smart guy. He’s the leader, being friendly and talking to everyone. And very competitive. I didn’t expect too much but I wanted to see his capability to adapt and what he did was very good. It’s a perfect start with two victories but we’re still in the process and need to keep going”, – he said, BBC reports.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has summed up the results of the second Premier League round clash against Chelsea (0:2). “I don’t think the club have faced something like this in its history [Arsenal sits at number 19 on the league table]. We have to face the challenge, the league is not decided in August.”
“The worst thing you can do is to throw in the towel, we certainly are not going to do that.
As for the transfers, anything can happen. We can have players in and out. There a positive sides. Five footballers aged 19-20 playing at this level for the first time – that will have a positive impact but at the moment it’s difficult”, – Arteta told BBC.