Thomas Tuchel continues to benefit from his predecessors’ proteges. Chelsea moved into the top five with a third successive win under their new manager. For the second successive game, Maurizio Sarri’s old ally Jorginho converted a penalty. Once again, part of Frank Lampard’s legacy showed he is becoming integral in the new regime. Mason Mount scored Chelsea’s first and last league goals under his mentor. He opened for his account for his successor with a Lampard-esque strike to set up a hard-fought win and lay down a marker.
There was also a different sort of first. When Chelsea appointed Tuchel, it seemed a ploy to get a fellow German scoring. Kai Havertz was absent through injury and Timo Werner’s drought extended to 14 league games but their less costly compatriot Antonio Rüdiger became the first player to score against Tuchel’s Chelsea with a comical own goal.