Thomas Tuchel complimented Chelsea substitute Ross Barkley after his performance in today’s 3-1 win over Southampton.
Chelsea leaped to the top of the Premier League table by beating Southampton by a two-goal margin at Stamford Bridge, albeit they left it late to wrap up three points.
Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell both scored inside the final 10 minutes to secure a Blues victory. However, this came after James Ward-Prowse was shown a red card when the match was tied at 1-1.
German manager Tuchel believes that one substitute had a key role to play in Saturday’s victory.
Barkley, who entered the pitch in the 83rd minute, made an impact almost instantly. The 27-year-old midfielder hit a stunning cross-field pass to Cesar Azpilicueta, who subsequently assisted the Werner goal to make it 2-1.
“I’m also happy for Ross, who came on did what he had to do. He played a fantastic pass for Azpi in the build-up [for Werner’s goal], he won some free-kicks and he did well in an open game. He found some spaces, he plays with a good energy and his delivery was excellence,” Tuchel said.