Thomas Tuchel made an unbelievable start to his managerial career at Chelsea. He took over a struggling and uninspiring Chelsea side mid-season from the club legend, Frank Lampard.
His impact on the team performances and results was imminent. He changed the entire tactics and formation of the team. He even changed some of the personnel in the first-team squad.
Now, let’s have a look at the changes Tuchel made to make Chelsea an unbeatable force and analyse whether he will replicate his success this season.
FORMATION AND TACTICS
Chelsea played 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 under Lampard. Tuchel changed the tactic to 3-4-3.
He switched to a back-three with both the wing-backs playing further forward. He changed the playing style to a more possession-based one with high pressing.
Tuchel’s primary aim was to make Chelsea defensively solid, making it hard for teams to break them down.
- Tuchel has to make sure that he keeps tweaking his system and tactics now and then to make sure that his side does not become predictable. Especially, nowadays teams and coaches spent a lot of time studying team tactics and player roles which will make it hard for Tuchel to outplay those teams tactically.
Thomas Tuchel made a few changes in the starting XI to fit the correct players according to their new positions in his system.
Players like Rudiger and Alonso, who were not part of the first team under Lampard saw their game time increased significantly. They became an integral part of Tuchel’s system and the way he wanted Chelsea to play.
On the other hand, players like Kurt Zouma and Chilwell mostly found themselves out of the first team.
- Chelsea has a massive squad and it will be intriguing to see his squad rotation in the upcoming season. He has to utilise most of the players and make sure that they get adequate game time. Otherwise, he may start to lose the dressing room full of star players.
Under Tuchel, Chelsea had one of the strongest defence in Europe. Tuchel’s main emphasis was on not allowing the opposing team to score a goal.
He played three centre-backs in Thiago Silva, Rudiger and Christensen, who was his 1st choice.
The wing-backs were selected according to the opposition team. Against stronger oppositions, Tuchel played Chilwell and Azpilicueta or Reece James because of their defensive abilities. Against weaker sides, he preferred Alonso and Hudson-Odoi for their attacking strength.
He played a midfield duo consisting of Kante, Jorginho or Kovacic. All these three players are hard working and defensively strong.
- It will be interesting to see whether Tuchel can keep his impressive defensive record sustained in the new season, especially with Chelsea pushing to get Joules Kounde, a young and promising defender.
The only weak spot in Chelsea under Tuchel was the attack, notably finishing.
Many fans believed that sometimes football became a bit dull with fewer chances created. The team had a lot of possession but fewer chances and shots.
But the primary problem was finishing with Werner, Abraham and Giroud struggling to score goals continuously.
- If Chelsea wants to win the premier league and challenge the top teams in Europe then they have to sign a lethal goal scorer.
Chelsea has been heavily linked with Erling Haaland and Lukaku to solve their issue. It remains to be seen whether they will get their top but also expensive targets or will Tuchel use Abraham or Werner as strikers next season. Tuchel can also use Havertz as a False 9 to fix the issue within the squad.
COMPARISON WITH LAMPARD
STANDING (2020/21 SEASON)
- Tuchel has to keep up his consistency with Chelsea, or else he may be on the same track as Lampard, who got sacked after 1st impressive season. Tuchel also has to be aware of the ruthless Chelsea board that does not give the manager much time to turn things around.
WILL TUCHEL BE ABLE TO REPLICATE HIS SUCCESS THIS SEASON WITH CHELSEA OR, WAS THIS JUST A ONE SEASON WONDER?