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Tuchel tops Mourinho for unique Premier League record

Thomas Tuchel, Jose Mourinho, Chelsea
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Chelsea’s derby victory over Fulham saw Tuchel surpass his Blues predecessors in the Premier League record books.

Thomas Tuchel has surpassed former Chelsea managers Jose Mourinho and Luiz Felipe Scolari for a Premier League clean sheet record.

Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Fulham sealed Tuchel a record 11th clean sheet from his first 15 games in the English top-flight.

According to Goal, no Premier League manager has achieved such a feat in his opening matches.

Mourinho and Scolari were the previous record-holders, having each recorded 10 clean sheets in their opening 15 league games for Chelsea across their respective spells between 2004 and 2009.

For Tuchel, though, the team’s victory over Fulham was all that really mattered.

Kai Havertz’s brace on either side of half-time sealed all three points in the west London derby and consolidated Chelsea’s top-four spot in the league table.

“I feel we have nothing to lose,” said the German after the match on Saturday evening.

“We are in the middle of the race, I don’t think it has been decided yet, but it was such a big win to keep the advantage for which we worked so hard in the last few weeks.”

Chelsea next welcome Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in the Champions League.

Christian Pulisic’s away goal in Spain during last week’s 1-1 first-leg draw gave the Blues a crucial advantage for the second-leg of the semi-final tie.

Should Chelsea beat Real Madrid, they’ll have two finals in the Champions League and FA Cup for this month.

“Now it is very important that we have a clear mind and nothing to regret for the Wednesday game, and then the next league games,” Tuchel added.

“If you look at our fixtures, you will see how tough it is and we take nothing for granted.

“We work hard, keep our heads down and our feet on the ground, and try to do the best we can together as a group.”