Thomas Tuchel has backed Raheem Sterling to score many more goals after his double helped give 10-man Chelsea a 2-1 win over Leicester.
Sterling scored his first goals for Chelsea after his £50m move from Manchester City in July and Blues boss Tuchel was delighted the England striker was ‘moving up’ following the sacking of Conor Gallagher.
Tuchel said of Sterling’s contribution: “It was necessary. We need him to score, he does and he will score.
“I could feel that he wasn’t happy, he wants to score more goals and have more chances. So in the first half we played in a more aggressive form for 25 minutes and then we’re a man down so we needed him to step up.
“He did it, and he did what he always does. He’ll score, I’m sure of it, and he’ll create chances.
“The goals were crucial today because they gave us the belief and the push that it’s possible. They were responsible for the win.”
Tuchel, who declined to comment on reports Chelsea have agreed to a deal to sign Leicester defender Wesley Fofana, was unfazed by his side’s third red card in three games.
The German served his sideline suspension for his red card in the draw against Tottenham, while Gallagher received his second yellow card – both for fouls on Harvey Barnes – in the 28th minute. Chelsea had also sent off Kalidou Koulibaly against Leeds.
Added Tuchel: “Don’t count mine, that was after the final whistle and the others, to be precise, were two yellows, yellow-reds.
“Two of them were completely unnecessary and that is part of analyzing the situation.
“Twice is absolutely not necessary and to give such a big disadvantage we have to stop it.
“We can’t behave like that when we have yellow cards. We have to learn very, very quickly. This must be the absolute exception to the rule and must not be repeated.”
Leicester remain winless after their first four Premier League games but boss Brendan Rodgers felt they deserved at least a point.
Daniel Amartey had ruled out a try after Barnes was harshly ruled fouled goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Ayoze Perez hit the crossbar.
Barnes drew back a goal but Rodgers told LCFC TV: “We’re disappointed we didn’t (even). A lot of really good moments in the game for us, just crucial moments in the game.
“I thought we started the second half a bit passively and then we go down a goal which makes it difficult against 10 (men) and then we go two (down).
“To be honest, the reaction from the players in the game was good. We defended and then it was very, very unfortunate not to score.
“The goalkeeper makes some great saves and we also hit the crossbar. There were other moments where we could have scored, so yeah, it’s disappointing not to have gotten at least a point.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/thomas-tuchel-leicester-raheem-sterling-england-wesley-fofana-b2154234.html Thomas Tuchel hails Raheem Sterling’s ‘crucial’ contribution against Leicester