Thomas Tuchel turns the tide for the Blues

A few weeks in now, Ethan Todd looks back on Tuchel's introduction to Chelsea

Ethan Todd
25th February 2021
Twitter @ChelseaFC
After the sacking of the beloved Frank Lampard, former Paris Saint Germain, and Borussia Dortmund manager, Thomas Tuchel was appointed on an 18-month contract to replace the Englishmen after a severe dip in form and a string of lacklustre performances.

Lampard’s successor takes the reign with Chelsea sat in a disappointing eight position in the table, considering that Chelsea spent over 200 million in the summer transfer window of 2020. The German inherits a squad littered with talent including his fellow countrymen Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, who have yet to hit the ground winning under Lampard.

Undeniably, despite their fairly limp start to life in the premier league, the likes of Werner and Havertz will likely become more hopeful prospects for Chelsea under the experienced guide of Tuchel, as the main criticism of Lampard was his ability to tactical manufacture a consistently effective side.

The former Mainz manager is renowned for his bizarre and innovative training sessions, already apparent in his first few weeks with Chelsea, using size 1 balls in training drills to focus on increasing concentration and accuracy of tackling.

It is imperative to Tuchel’s success at Chelsea to mould a harmonious side, moving the right pieces of the jigsaw that is the Chelsea squad into place.

Tuchel’s tactical nuances have been evident in his first three games in charge, keeping three clean sheets against Wolves, Burnley, and Mourinho’s Spurs side, picking up seven points out of a possible nine; tightening up the previously leaky defence. In fact, Tuchel is the first Chelsea manager to keep three clean sheets in his opening three games since Jose Mourinho’s first stint as Blues boss.

Under Tuchel, with his evident preference of a three at the back formation with wing backs pushing high and wide allowing for the likes of Mason Mount and Werner to occupy dangerous central areas with fluidity, high levels of possession within the game and a compact defensively solid structure; Chelsea fans can afford to be extremely excited for their future with Tuchel at the helm.

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AUTHOR: Ethan Todd
Aspiring football journalist studying at Newcastle University.

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