The German tactician has completely turned the fortunes of the Blues since his appointment. If there were doubts surrounding the sack of Frank Lampard, it has been completely laid to rest as Chelsea go marching on.
The first leg of the much-talked-about encounter since the draws were made, ended in favour of Chelsea. Many pundits did not give Chelsea a chance against the highly compact Athleti unit. The Spanish team have been dominant in their league this season, maintaining a healthy gap at the summit. Thus, loads of praises are heaped on Chelsea for a fine performance in Romania.
Oliver Giroud scored a stunning volley to secure an important away win for Chelsea in their first leg round of 16 encounter against Atlético Madrid.
But the credit should really be given to the new Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel for his tactical masterclass that successfully tamed Atlético.
Since Tuchel’s appointment, Chelsea are yet to lose a game in all competitions as he has transformed the team’s style of play in less than a month. Perhaps, their biggest test since his appointment, Chelsea maintained top notch discipline, outplaying Atlético Madrid throughout the game and will only be disappointed with scoring just one goal.
Tuchel in his post-match conference was clear about his side’s approach to the game, “We never let them breathe. We never gave them any chances to counterattack.”
The La Liga leaders were mostly pegged at the back in the game, and failed to register a single shot on target – allowing Chelsea more spaces to run at them.
Tuchel’s 3-4-1-2 formation in Chelsea
A switch of formation to 3-4-1-2 have allowed Chelsea more width in the attack, providing more opportunities to run at opponents. So far, it has worked to perfection as the Blues have kept things tight at the back and also try to be more clinical going forward.
Atlético Madrid will have their work cut out for them in the second leg tie in London. Chelsea have proved they are no pushovers and are ready to compete in the grand stages. Both teams still have a chance of qualifying but it is the Blues that have their noses in front.
With key games against Manchester United and Liverpool to come in the league, and an FA cup quarter finals tie against Sheffield United, Chelsea will fancy their chances of ending the season on a high note all thanks to their new manager.