Thomas Tuchel was announced as the new Chelsea Head Coach after Frank Lampard’s dismissal from the job yesterday. Chelsea now have their first-ever German head coach, and he is no stranger to silverware, having won the domestic treble with Paris Saint-Germain in his last job and made it to the finals of the Champions League.
So, while he surely has the right credentials and the experience to lead the young squad, whether or not things will improve is still something that remains to be seen.
There is good reason to believe that Tuchel will be successful at the club, and here are the reasons why:
1. The German Connection
While many have outlined the German-speaking connection between Havertz, Werner, and Tuchel, few have thought about the manager’s potential to impact the game along the lines of the fact that he knows the way these forwards are wired to think on the pitch in Germany.
Having known the style of play in his home country with Mainz and Dortmund, he could communicate what they need to do to adapt in England and could be the answer to getting the best out of the players.
2. Experience Managing Big Egos
Tuchel’s spell at both Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain saw him manage some of the world’s biggest players in the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Marco Reus, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. With so many talented young players at Chelsea, a man having experience managing a dressing room full of big players is the right call to not only shape youngsters but make the bigger players adapt.
3. Tactics and His Free Flow Approach
With experience managing very different squads in Dortmund, Mainz, and Paris, Tuchel has a deep knowledge and understanding of tactics and changing them in the middle of the match. He often trusts the players to develop creative solutions to problems on the pitch, which has worked wonders for forwards under him time and time again.
With a plethora of attacking talent at his disposal at Chelsea, the forwards could have a complete change in their game going forward thanks to the new appointment.