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PremierLeague-News.Com - Chelsea are already into the FA Cup final under Tuchel, who has brought a self-belief and confidence back to Stamford Bridge
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Four European semi-finals this week, each featuring an English team. The Premier League juggernaut rolls on, which might have fans of European rivals scratching their heads at the gathering unrest over club ownership. Only the appearance of Chelsea in the last four could be viewed as a surprise, given circumstances that required them to jettison a callow coach in January with the season threatening to unravel.The impact of Thomas Tuchel, ironically fired by PSG a month earlier on the same grounds as Frank Lampard, validated the reasoning of Roman Abramovich and the efficacy of absolute power.Get expert FPL tips, delivered straight to your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. Read More When is Champions League final 2021? Date, time, venue, TV coverage and if fans can get tickets His 11th clean sheet in his first 15 matches in charge is a Premier League record, eclipsing former Chelsea managers Jose Mourinho – now heading for Roma – and Luiz Felipe Scolari.One more against Real Madrid in the semi-final return leg at Stamford Bridge will see him book a second successive appearance as a Champions League final coach, and seal Chelsea’s third appearance on Europe’s grandest stage. All the uncertainty fomenting under Lampard has been swept away by a back-to-basics philosophy that saw responsibility given to experienced hands. Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso, largely ignored by Lampard, came straight into Tuchel’s team to give a sense of order and reliability at the back. Tuchel has since assimilated the athleticism of Ben Chilwell and Reece James, rotating them in the wing-back positions, and given the team a more expansive look with the re-introduction of Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz, who suddenly looks less the misfit he did under Lampard. Where Tuchel and Lampard coincide is in the trust both invested in Mason Mount. Though Tuchel excluded Mount from his first line-up, he quickly rectified that error and has come to understand the value of a player who gives orthodoxy a good name. Mount is quick, mobile, inventive, committed, imaginative and brave without being flashy. For readers of an older vintage he is a kind of David Platt-plus, a high energy creative who does everything well and keeps the error count low. Chelsea outplayed Madrid in the early stages in Spain last week, deservedly taking the lead through Pulisic before being pegged back to 1-1 by a stunningly improvised goal by Karim Benzema.
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Mason Mount… How on earth did we ever doubt him? Because of Lampard?Nevertheless, with each passing game the Chelsea midfielder is cementing his status as one of England's best players – he could rack up caps very quickly | @iPaperSport #cfc https://t.co/JdBKmdC1hd— Michael Hincks (@MichaelHincks) April 28, 2021
The Los Blancos edifice is being propped up by old if talented legs. Benzema, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Marcelo and Dani Carvajal have run up a lot of miles in the service of a once great team. Even more so if Sergio Ramos is fit to play. This ensemble can still knock the ball about if opponents allow, but anchored is a sluggish underbelly against the kind of nimble feet at Tuchel’s disposal. The German demonstrates the value of coaching experience, providing the psychological framework for a young team that Lampard tried so hard to build but ultimately could not. The involvement of Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante allows Chelsea’s fast men to fly within a dependable and defendable structure.This greater sense of purpose and worth that Tuchel has imparted is Chelsea’s most potent weapon against Madrid Madrid were caught cold by the trickery of Pulisic and the pace of Timo Werner a week ago. Should the latter ever find the fecund boots he wore for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, he might yet prove value for the £47.5m Chelsea paid to trigger his release. Madrid must score to progress. Chelsea must resist conservative thinking. A first Champions League final for nine years beckons as long as they are faithful to the template that ambushed the 13-times champions in Madrid. Auf geht’s as Tuchel might say. Come on! Read More Mason Mount, England legend? Chelsea midfielder has 100 games for his club and is proven on the biggest stage
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