Premier league news Thomas Tuchel will not continue his tactical experiment against Real Madrid Last spor news
PremierLeague-News.Com - The German coach decided to change up Chelsea's shape for the 2-0 victory against Fulham on Saturday but it's unlikely to be repeated against Real Madrid
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Thomas Tuchel knew the realities of taking over Chelsea mid-season. There would be no time to plan and prepare. No opportunity to luxuriate over tactical concepts and then implement them. Decisions, and important ones at that, would need to be taken at breakneck speed. Tuchel embraced that chaos. Take, for example, how he and his coaching team came to the conclusion to shift the Blues away from the 4-3-3 played under Frank Lampard and instead utilise a 3-4-2-1 shape. “We decided on the plane how we were going to play against Wolverhampton,” the German admitted in an interview with BT Sport after his opening game in charge against Nuno Espirito Santo's side. It's a decision that has served the Blues incredibly well. While there have been tweaks and slight alterations, that system has helped transformed Chelsea's season. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Tuchel has guided his side from ninth in the Premier League table to fourth. He's also taken them to an FA Cup final. And on Wednesday night, Chelsea will go toe-to-toe against Real Madrid knowing they are just 90 minutes away from reaching only the third Champions League final in the club's history. The game against Los Blancos is the club's biggest for many a season. That is why on Saturday against Fulham, Tuchel opted to rest several key players. Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta was among the substitutes. As were midfield duo Jorginho and Christian Pulisic. Antonio Rudiger, meanwhile, was left out of the squad entirely as a precaution having suffered a facial injury in the first Mateo Kovacic was absent too. The Croatian still not ready to return from a hamstring injury sustained almost three weeks ago. Read More Related Articles What Cesar Azpilicueta and Jorginho did to boost Timo Werner's confidence ahead of Real Madrid Read More Related Articles Billy Gilmour opens up on what Thomas Tuchel is really like at Chelsea and how he impressed him Tuchel's desire to rest Jorginho and Kante, coupled with Kovacic's injury, meant he was short of midfielders. So he opted to make a change and start only one against Fulham. That was Billy Gilmour. The Scotland Under-21 international had only featured in two FA Cup games under Tuchel prior to Saturday's win. Yet the 19-year-old was thrust into the starting XI by Tuchel, who also opted to alter the structure of his side. As shown below, Chelsea moved away from their 3-4-2-1 in the opening period against Scott Parker's side and instead played a 3-3-2-2 shape. (Image: Sky Sports) The back three was deployed as normal but there was no double six ahead of them. Instead, Gilmour patrolled the centre of the pitch alone while wing-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell occupied the flanks. Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech were utilised as attacking number eights, while Kai Havertz and Timo Werner had licence to roam across the pitch as part of a front two. It was a somewhat cavalier approach from Tuchel and it did lead to Chelsea fashioning several chances in the opening period. Kai Havertz got on the scoresheet early on and there were good opportunities for Ziyech and Werner to add to the Blues' advantage before the interval.
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. Chelsea, which they haven't done too often at Stamford Bridge under Tuchel, also gave up chances. Fulham pressed high throughout the opening 45 minutes and, as highlighted below, when they did recapture the ball Gilmour was left often alone in midfield to try to halt a counter-attack.
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Per FBRef, Gilmour attempted 20 pressures in the middle third of the pitch, more than double the next highest amount of a Chelsea player. It wasn't an easy workload for a young player who had only completed 90 minutes twice since January. In the second period, with Chelsea ahead, Tuchel altered the system and the Blues reverted to the 3-4-2-1 shape. Mount dropped in alongside Gilmour and that helped curb Fulham's threat. Parker's side registered only three shots after the half-time interval. They'd managed seven, two of which required fine stops from Edouard Mendy, in the opening 45 minutes. Tuchel lauded his side's performance after the game. "It is the perfect match and the boys get a lot of credit from the coach for this," he said before then highlighting the change in tactical approach when discussing Havertz's brace.
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He added: "There is room for improvement but for today I am very happy. Of course, he [Havertz] was decisive, he was involved with Timo [Werner] as a double striker and with Mason [Mount] and Hakim [Ziyech] as the four offensive guys, always involved in dangerous attacks and situations." Tuchel let Chelsea off the leash against Fulham and it resulted in some fine attacking combinations in the final third. Yet the vulnerability and space it left in midfield means that the 3-3-2-2 system is not one we will see against Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday. The 3-4-2-1 will be back for that game. And given what's at stake over the remainder of the campaign, it's unlikely we will see too many more tactical experiments from Tuchel in the weeks ahead.
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