Thomas Tuchel is making headlines again. Instead of being fired, he’s getting another opportunity.
On Tuesday, Chelsea signed the German to an 18-month deal as the next manager of the London squad. This comes after the announcement on Monday that Chelsea were moving on from Frank Lampard after a year and a half. Tuchel was quickly tossed into action for the team’s match against Wolves. With only one day of preparation, Tuchel was able to make adjustments to Chelsea’s formation and field a starting XI. The new Chelsea manager was denied his dream start by seeing his side draw with Wolves, but there were a lot of positive takeaways. In only one training, Tuchel was able to change his teams formation and tactics which saw them dominate possession, take more corners and create more chances.
Just based on yesterday’s match, you can clearly see the tactical difference between Lampard and Tuchel. Now the question is what will Chelsea get going forward?
Based on this hire for Chelsea, they’re looking to save this season, secure a top-four spot and Champions League Football. With their latest result they’re only five points out of the top four. Considering the London club have produced only one win in their last five games, they’re not in a bad position. When it comes to getting players into form and experience managing a big club, Tuchel checks all the boxes.
Before Chelsea, Frank Lampard coached Derby County, a side in the second tier of English Football. Yes, he had success with them, but he was nowhere near ready to take this job on. The English Championship to the Premier League is a big jump in quality and expectations. If you manage one of England’s biggest clubs, you’re expected to produce results in all competitions. Combine that with coaching a club that considers you a legend and you’ll see that this was no easy task.
Tuchel gives Chelsea the experience that Frank Lampard couldn’t. Tuchel is coming off of managing in Ligue 1 with PSG, where he was able to capture the domestic treble. Before that, he had the opportunity to manage Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga where he won a DFB-Pokal in 2016. Tuchel has experience in multiple leagues and knows what it takes to win multiple trophies. He also knows how to get his star players into form. During his time at Dortmund, striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored 79 goals and assisted 17 in 95 games under Tuchel. Neymar at PSG scored 51 goals and assisted 32 in 67 games under Tuchel as well. He now has the opportunity to work his magic for a side that was once third in the table this season.
Tuchel also brings a fresh start to the table. This gives the players the opportunity to turn the page, regain their form and solidify their spot in the new manager’s starting XI. The players that have to benefit from this change are forward Timo Werner and midfielder Kai Havertz. During the summer transfer window, Chelsea dropped a combined 160 million dollars on the German duo. The duo didn’t find their form under Lampard, and wound up dropped from the starting XI. This was one of the biggest problems for Lampard and is a must-fix for Tuchel’s success.
In order to ensure Havertz and Werner get back on track, Tuchel will play a 3-4-2-1 formation. This will leave Werner as the lone striker and have Havertz playing underneath him as an attacking midfielder. Havetz was picked for the game against Wolves. Werner was left out of the starting lineup, and saw Olivier Giroud get picked ahead of him. Both players are class for sure. Based on his track record, it’s going to be up to Tuchel to get the best out of these two players. He will also need to take a serious look at his squad as a whole and figure out who fits his system best going forward.
With over $292 million spent in this summer’s transfer window, it’s a must for Chelsea to turn their season around and secure Champions League Football. Another must was getting a manager that hasn’t been out of football for long and whose mind is sharp for the game. Chelsea were able to land a manager who had both qualities. Now it’s Thomas Tuchel’s responsibility to lead the line for the next 18 months and give the Blue Lions a roar that will shake up the Premier League and Europe as well.