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Tuchel secures first win as Chelsea boss

Chelsea have completed the first win of Thomas Tuchel’s tenure as manager with a 2-0 win over Burnley in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Leeds United’s outstanding Patrick Bamford scored a goal and provided two assists in a 3-1 away triumph that has dented third-placed Leicester City’s title push.

German manager Tuchel took over from the sacked former Blues midfielder Frank Lampard on Tuesday after signing an 18-month contract.

He oversaw an uneventful 0-0 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday but was delighted when his new team claimed victory under his guidance for the first time.

Two of the club’s Spanish defenders scored the goals with Cesar Azpilicueta blasting Callum Hudson-Odoi’s pass into the top corner five minutes before halftime.

Marcos Alonso then produced a blistering volleyed effort before the end of his first appearance since September.

“It should be a signal to our guys up front that we needed two defensive players to score,” Tuchel was quick to point out.

“We lack at the moment that last precision in the box. We will work on this. But in the end I cannot care less. We are happy to have the win.”

Worryingly for Tuchel, Germany striker Timo Werner’s malaise continued, with the 24-year-old’s barren streak extending to just one goal in 17 appearances in all competitions.

Chelsea’s win sees them overtake Everton in seventh on 33 points, while Burnley drop to 16th place on 22, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

In Leicester, Harvey Barnes struck in the 13th minute to give the hosts a short-lived lead because Stuart Dallas burst through to restore parity for Leeds on their next attack.

Bamford delivered a moment of brilliance on the 70th minute when he unleashed a spectacular strike into the roof of the net before setting up Jack Harrison to finish the third goal.

Leeds remain 12th in the table with 29 points, six away from the top five, where Leicester sit third with 39.

Defending champions Liverpool could overtake Leicester in third with a win at West Ham United later on Sunday before Tottenham Hotspur take on Brighton & Hove Albion.

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