To say Thomas Tuchel has started a fine life at Stamford Bridge is an understatement.Since replacing Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard last month,the German man,who could put his country in the top 4 if he beat Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge this evening, has played five games in all competitions,winning four and grabbing one.
Since Tuchel saw his country go scoreless in his first game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge,a little more than 24 hours after arriving in England to officiate at the first training session,he has led the Blues to four straight wins and Burnley losing (2) -0),Tottenham Hotspur (1-0),Sheffield United (2-1) and most recently Barnsley (1-0).
After taking on a job that consistently requires results or has the prospect of being the last victim of the ax of Roman Abramovich's leadership,Tuchel could not ask for a better start to immediately get players,supporters,and most importantly Abramovich,through encouraging the early steps Chelsea took in under German leadership.
Although Lampard's last game was a 3-1 FA Cup win over Luton Town,Tuchel inherited a team with low self-esteem,conceding goals and a lot of criticism,in large part due to the hefty transfer fee imposed last summer. Lampard has drawn into seven new faces, including the likes of Edouard Mendy,Ben Chillwell,and Kai Havertz.
However,Tuchel is a man who lives and breathes football,and his knowledge of the game is right there,with the very best the sport has to offer. At the time he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund,the German was often praised for his attention to detail and the people management skills he had in his squad.
It soon became clear that Tuchel was going to roll up his sleeves at Stamford Bridge and drive from a distance.In all honesty,that's exactly what the German did by completely changing the Blues' formation and introducing a new 3-4-2-1 system against Wolves in his first game.
His system,unusual for what we've seen in the previous Premier League,has three center-backs, two wingers,two midfielders with a defensive mood, two attacking midfielders and one striker. In honor of Tuchel,Chelsea's players have so far looked more than comfortable to fit in with him and assert their dominance in the game.
Against Wolves,Chelsea had 78.9% ball possession,71.1% ball possession against Burnley,58% ball possession against Spurs,and 68.9% ball possession against Sheffield United.With that in mind,it's clear that the Blues are now capable of dominating and dictating play for a long period of time, helped by their direct defensive improvement under Tuchel. In the first five games of their tenure Chelsea have conceded just one goal - Antonio Rüdiger's own goal in their 2-1 win against the Blades of Chris Wilder last Sunday.To date,this is the only time Chelsea's defensive line has been broken in more than 450 minutes of football.
While these are early days and it is important that everyone involved with the blues remains on the pitch despite the promising early signs, this is a platform for Tuchel to step up and continue his year-end focus on the pitch. While Chelsea have so far held solid ground under the former Paris Saint-Germain boss, goals don't seem as frequent as the German would have liked.In five league and cup matches, Chelsea scored only six goals. While the numbers are not all fatal and grim,Chelsea's quality team will have to do better, which opens the door for Tuchel to solve the next puzzle.
One of the biggest conversations about Tuchel's appointment at Stamford Bridge less than three weeks ago was his legacy in Germany, which immediately gave Chelsea fans optimism that he could be the one to unlock Timo Werner's true potential in English football.
Currently,the Germany international, who signed for the Blues with Bundesliga club RB Leipzig last June, is on a goalless run of 14 Premier League games,which is worrying given the amount of money Chelsea have to spend to ensure this. he finally ran for his signature.While Werner had to take some responsibility for this record, he was often invited to play various roles in the team, either as a left striker, as a lone striker or as a second striker,Tuchel's post after the Bramall Lane Victory was described as number ten left.
While the left number ten role may be different to most of us,Werner appears to have found success in it and played a key role in both goals for Chelsea before exiting with a dead leg injury. He asked for help in opening up Mason Mount before winning the penalty which gave Jorginho the chance to take the Blues 2-1 after Rüdiger's own goal.
Now it looks like Tuchel has found a position that Werner, who is poised to return for today's clash with Newcastle,can certainly succeed if his performance against the Blades is something he has to go through. However,Werner could not afford to be the only person responsible for creating goals.He also has to be the one to shoot the ball behind the goal.
Tuchel seems to have found the perfect role for Werner, and now he needs a bit of luck to get back on the right track and show Tuchel and Chelsea fans that he can be the one to pull off this new look Project directing.
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