A new year and another new chapter begins for Chelsea Football Club as Thomas Tuchel becomes the latest manager to be appointed by the London-based club, following the sacking of Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.
Tuchel got an early Christmas surprise from his former club Paris Saint-Germain when they sacked him on Christmas eve. But just five weeks of being out of management, the German has found himself in the blue of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. If the sacking was an early Christmas surprise for Tuchel then the squad which is at his disposal at Chelsea will be a late new year’s present. Chelsea very easily have one of the deepest squads in the Premier League which oozes class from every position. It is the right blend of experienced players mixed with the exuberance of youth. After spending big in the transfer market in the summer, the critics of Lampard would tell you that he didn’t get the best of their new marquee signings in Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech.
Frank Lampard isn’t the only Chelsea manager to feel that he wasn’t given enough time at the club as the hierarchy of the club are notorious for not having enough patience with their managers but to be fair to Roman Abramovich, in his era, Chelsea have been the joint-most successful team in England with Manchester United. These methods of chopping and changing of managers at Chelsea are tried and tested in the past. Thomas Tuchel would be aware of the club’s history and the German knows that he doesn’t have enough time to get things right at the club.
Here’s what Chelsea fans can expect from Thomas Tuchel as the club is ready to embark on a new journey with the German manager.
Thomas Tuchel is known for his meticulous approach to training and his innovative approach to management. At Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, his teams were always set up tactically and it was difficult for the opposition to play against them. During his time as the PSG manager, he may have won many titles but we didn’t quite see the tactical brilliance of Tuchel with the French club as he was more of a man manager there, trying to get the best out of world-class players like Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappe.
At the initial phase of his Chelsea career, Tuchel has set his team up in a 3-4-2-1 formation and the team has dominated possession with the wing-backs given the duty to be chief creators in attacking spaces. He wants his team to press the opposition high up the pitch and recover the ball as quickly as possible. It’s too early to judge which players would become mainstays in Tuchel’s team but one thing is for sure, he’ll have to figure that out soon because Lampard struggled throughout the season trying to get the best out of this big squad and eventually fell on the sword.
DIFFICULT TO HANDLE
Thomas Tuchel is known as a difficult manager to handle by the board of the clubs. He fell out with the boards of his previous clubs on multiple occasions and that is something he can’t afford to do at Chelsea.
It has become apparent that Lampard didn’t quite see eye to eye with the board on multiple issues, but Lampard had always let those issues remain private and was eloquent as ever when he spoke to the press. Tuchel won’t be the same for sure as he will voice what he feels and this is something that fans can be wary of, as he wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of the Chelsea board given their history with managers.
YOUNGSTERS WILL BE GIVEN A FAIR SHOT
If Lampard was to look back at his 18-month period with Chelsea then one of the biggest highlights of his tenure would be how he handled the transfer ban at the club by promoting the younger players from the academy. Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James, Fikayo Tomori and Billy Gilmour were all players who caught Lampard’s attention through Chelsea’s youth teams. Lampard didn’t hesitate to give these youngsters a chance, so much so that some of these players became the first names on the team sheet.
Tuchel however seems to have a different approach where he wants a mixture of youth and experience in his playing XI. Senior players like Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Antonio Rudiger, Jorginho were all out of favour in Lampard’s regime but suddenly find themselves back in contention. Tuchel has said publicly that he loves promoting the younger generation to take up the responsibility and these talented players will be given a fair chance under his management.
A TROPHY AT THE END OF THE SEASON?
If someone was to ask a Chelsea fan about what could make this current season a successful one then the answer would be getting into the top four in the Premier League and maybe, winning a trophy. These are the expectations with which Tuchel has come into this job. These are pretty realistic expectations as the squad he has at his disposal can definitely become a top-four contender.
Chelsea also finds themselves in the knockout stage of the Champions League and the FA Cup. Tuchel will definitely prioritise these competitions and you never know they might end up with a trophy at the end of the season. That can be the dream start to Tuchel’s journey as the Chelsea manager. But if by chance they fail to make it to the top four and get knocked out from the cup competitions, then the German manager could find himself in a tough situation just four months into his job.
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