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The Tuchel Effect

An article I didn’t think I’d ever write.

Firstly, I was wrong.

Like many other Chelsea fans, I love Frank Lampard. I was absolutely heartbroken when he left, and didn’t want anyone else to come in and replace him. All I wanted was Super Frank.

A bit like a child when you tell them they can’t have something. I threw a strop.

Tuchel? No thanks. Don’t want you.

Well guess what. Thomas Tuchel, I’m glad you came.

When you listen to your heart and not your head, you say stupid things and react in different ways.

Credit; Eurosport

When you really put it into perspective, Chelsea are a back 3 team. Frank Lampard just didn’t see it. He continued to play the same football despite results just not coming. He refused to change his tactics despite them clearly not working. He spent millions on players and just did not know how to get the best out of them.

Nothing the man can do will change his status at the club, he’s immortal. But was he really the right choice for Chelsea manager, especially so early on in his career? No.

So Lampard was gone, and Thomas Tuchel was in. The first game under the new reign, was strangely underwhelming, but Wolves are no mugs, and a clean sheet was a welcome change to the goals we were shipping.

Sarriball part 2 incoming.

No. This isn’t Sarriball.

Burnley at home. Game 2 of Tuchel’s Chelsea. Easy.

Game 3. Tottenham away. A game that means the most for loyal Chelsea fans. This was Tuchel’s first real test. Beat Tottenham and the fans get off your back.

Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea. Fully in control. In fact the best first half I’d seen us play in many years.

Credit; The Pride Of London

3 clean sheets in a row, and you fully start to see the German’s tactical genius within a week of him taking the job. The 3 at the back was working. The wing backs had never looked so good, and played with such freedom. The next few weeks were easy.

Sheffield United? Win.

Barnsley? Win.

Newcastle? Win.

A massive win away at Atletico Madrid was sandwiched in-between decent enough draws away at Southampton, and at home to Manchester United, and suddenly Tuchel is in cruise control.

A 1-0 win away to Liverpool and a victory over fellow German Jurgen Klopp, got the attention of many across the footballing nation.

Chelsea are back.

Victories against Everton, Atletico Madrid and Sheffield United saw Chelsea sitting 4th in the Premier League, in the quarter final of the Champions League, and the semi final of the FA Cup. All of a sudden, the season looked bright…

A somewhat strange lunchtime saw the brilliant defence come up against the struggling attack of West Brom, but somehow the visitors scored a whopping 5 goals on their way to defeating Chelsea 5-2.

Was the Tuchel honeymoon over?

No.

Credit; Talk Sport

After the worrying game against West Brom, I think many of us were nervous against Porto midweek.

However a completely professional performance saw The Blues win 2-0, and one foot in the semi final. Both feet were in the semi’s a week later, when once again Chelsea looked inch perfect. An absolute screamer in the last minute for Porto won them the game, but not the tie. For the first time in 7 years, Chelsea are in the semi final of the Champions League.

Another weekend, another test.

Credit; Football London

Quadruple seeking Manchester City were up next for Chelsea, and everyone predicted this was the end of the FA Cup campaign.

Manchester City are a serious force. An excellent chance of winning every competition they entered this season.

Tuchel facing old rival Pep Guardiola.

He produced an absolute masterclass. Chelsea never looked in danger of conceding against the English Champions elect. Another FA Cup Final is looming, and back to the teams second home of Wembley Stadium.

The breakdown

So we’ve seen Tuchel’s record. He’s managed 19 games so far.

13 wins. 4 draws. 2 losses.

Impressive, right?

Prepare to be even more impressed.

Included in those 19 matches, Tuchel has faced;

– Jurgen Klopp

– Jose Mourinho

– Diego Simeone (twice)

– Pep Guardiola

– Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

5 wins and a draw. Still not impressed?

He’s played 5 of the best managers on the planet, in 6 matches, and guess how many goals the team have conceded?

3? Lower.

2? Lower.

1? Lower.

ZERO. CHELSEA HAVE NOT CONCEDED A GOAL IN 6 MATCHES AGAINST SOME OF THE BEST TEAMS IN BOTH ENGLAND AND EUROPE.

Let that sink in.

The all round job the German has done is amazing. Incredible. But the complete transformation to our defence has been the most impressive. 19 matches, and 14 clean sheets.

Tuchel has us playing the best football I’ve ever seen a Chelsea side play.

Credit; Football London

Jorginho is currently one of the best players in the country. Havertz is seemingly back in some sort of form. Rudiger has been brought back in after months out in the cold.

The team looks revitalised. Rejuvenated. Battle hardened.

Thomas Tuchel coming in has been a complete breath of fresh air, and the future once again looks bright at Stamford Bridge.

Audi have Vorsprung Durch Technik

Chelsea have Vorsprung Durch Tuchel.

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