When the march of Frank Lampard, many tensions eased. Marina Granovskaia, the right hand of Abramovich, was one of the biggest criticisms of the management of the legend ‘Blue’. Nor was the wardrobe to her liking. His departure ended an era of instability at Stamford Bridge and began the tranquility of Thomas tuchel.
German has served as an appeasement to life in London. A club that came from spending more than 200 million in summer lived with Lampard a constant doubt that was also reflected in the Premier League table. He was ninth six days ago, twelve points behind the head. He hit rock bottom and responded by eliminating a legend from the road, with little resume behind him and references, and bringing Tuchel.
With Lampard, the idea that the team did not know what they were playing always hovered. The Englishman was subscribed to 4-3-3, but when he saw that the results did not accompany and his confidence in the goal decreased, especially in the times in which Kepa He was a starter, he also tried five defenders. Tuchel broke with that. From the first moment he trusted to play with five behind, relying on experienced men, so Cease
Azpilicueta Y Marcos Alonso, who shone as a lane in the time of Antonio Conte, they regained ownership.
Set two fixed pivots, like Jorginho, who alternated ownership with substitution with Lampard, and Mateo Kovacic, waiting for the injured to return N’golo Kanté, and above tried to give everyone opportunities. The nine would be reserved for Tammy
Abraham or Olivier giroud, while the other two positions would be disputed Mason Mount, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic. He was also returning to the scene Callum Hudson-Odoi, which had hardly been a resource for Lampard.
Tuchel, like Lampard, did not see Werner as a unique nine and preferred to throw him to the left side so that he would join the attack as one more. The German is preferred in the line-ups for cost and projection, while Abraham and Giroud alternate in front. The available space is raffled off by Mount, Havertz, Ziyech and Pulisic.
Mount, favorite for feel and performance; Pulisic, held back by injuries, Havertz, with much to prove and Ziyech, the one who has played the least (for now).
For the most important game, against Tottenham away from home, Tuchel, however, decided to dispense with the ‘nine’ and play with Werner, Mount and Hudson-Odoi. The formula worked and the team took the victory, although they wasted many opportunities up front.
Neither the goal has been spared changes. Relegating Kepa to ostracism as Lampard did created friction with the board, since the Spanish was a very strong investment of the club and the English coach only gave him minutes in the cup and sometimes not even that.
Tuchel soon entertained Ondarroa’s, covered him with praise and gave him the FA Cup start against Barnsley and, surprisingly, against Newcastle in the Premier. Two clean sheets give confidence to the Spanish, who has not lost hope of contesting the first place Edouard mendy, which is still number one for Tuchel.
Atlético de Madrid will be the first great challenge for Tuchel’s Chelsea, who after seven games have not yet lost and have five wins and two draws. But the rojiblancos are big words and here the ‘Blues’ project will be put to the test for the first time.