Chelsea have recently dismissed Frank Lampard from the head coach role and it has been widely mentioned that former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel will take charge as their new manager.
Tuchel has been out of work since his dismissal by Les Parisiens last month, but it appears that he is set to make an instant return to management with the Blues, who are languishing ninth in the Premier League table.
Here’s what Chelsea fans can expect from Tuchel..
Two-striker partnership: From his time at Parc des Princes, it is known that Tuchel likes to play with two up front and the German could adopt a similar 4-2-2-2 system with the Blues. Timo Werner has experienced a tough introduction to English football where he has struggled when playing out wide or leading the line. Whenever Werner has played up front, he has been fielded as the lone striker and that’s a system which he has failed to adapt to. At RB Leipzig, he was quite often accompanied by Yussuf Poulsen, who acted as the target man and brought the best out of him. With Tuchel at the helm, we could see Werner and Giroud playing up top together. The latter being one of the best in the business in holding-up play while he is also good with his close distribution.
Overlapping full-backs: Overlapping full-backs are not new for the Blues with both Reece James and Ben Chilwell delivering some quality crosses into the box. However, the Tuchel system is more attack-minded and the attacking midfielders are given the freedom to get into the box. With a mix of good spacing, there could potentially be six players involved in the final third, which can be seen as an advantage against teams, who are more organised at the back and tough to break through. In order to guard against opposition counter-attacks, Tuchel will most likely instruct the defensive midfielder to drop into the defence to form a three-man backline when the full-backs are higher up the field.
Bring the best out of Christian Pulisic: It has been suggested that Tuchel’s appointment could change the fortunes of Werner and Kai Havertz, who have the opportunity to work under a German coach familiar with their style of play in the Bundesliga. However, Pulisic would undoubtedly be the most happiest with the arrival of Tuchel, who should be familiar with his strengths and weaknesses after their time together at Borussia Dortmund. Back then, Pulisic found much of his success from the right wing, but he was also effective from the attacking midfield role, where he has played just two times for the Blues. It won’t come as a surprise, if Pulisic gets his chance to play behind the front two under Tuchel.
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