Mason Mount’s first-half goal was enough to seal an important victory and inflict upon Liverpool a record fifth successive home defeat. The scoreline barely reflected Chelsea’s dominance as they comfortably recorded an eighth clean sheet in 10 matches, restricting the champions to just a solitary effort on target.
Chelsea were languishing in ninth position, five points adrift of the last Champions League qualifying spot, when Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard.
The German’s impact has been immediate and impressive with Owen confident that a newfound defensive resolve will see the Blues comfortably meet the target their new manager was set upon his appointment.
Owen told Premier League Productions: ‘It’s the acid test really if your manager takes over and you are five or six places below where you currently are then of course you are looking at the league table and thinking ‘core, look at this we never even thought this was possible, we were quite a way away from these Champions League places’.
‘All of a sudden you are there within the blink of an eye. Now you’ve got the momentum, you’ve got the confidence and the self belief, you’ve got a massive squad that is all chipping in so a great atmosphere around the place.
‘They’re not conceding goals, eight clean sheets in 10 games, they’ve only scored 11 goals.
‘It’s not like they’re knocking the lights out they are a team that are probably scoring at the same race as Crystal Palace and Brighton, they’re just not conceding and they don’t look like it.’