Before January, Thomas Tuchel had never beaten Pep. Guardiola has it. since then He did it three times in three different competitions, with Guardiola trying to do three different things. But a miracle formula happened.
In the three meetings Tuchel was almost stuck with the 3-4-3 he used in all of his Chelsea games:
- Three backs of Rüdiger, Silva or Christensen, Azpilicueta, from left to right.
- Chilwell/Alonso and Reece James’ wingbacks
- Midfielders N’Golo Kanté and Jorginho/emergency-Gilmour
- Three in front of Werner, plus two of Mount, Ziyech, Havertz and Pulisic.
Guardiola, meanwhile, uses at least three different settings. for very little benefit And that̵7;s despite Guardiola clearly breaking Tuchel’s strategy ahead of the Champions League final.
- In the FA Cup, City line up 4-2-3-1, using Fernandinho and Rodri to twist the spurs.
- in the premier league City left Fernandinho and went 3-1-4-2.
- in the Champions League final City escaped from Rodri and led 4-0-3-3.
They could only destroy Chelsea once in that 270 minutes and although Christensen’s injury had to be used to create goalscoring opportunities.
That’s not to say it’s easy for Chelsea. Far from it. It requires a lot of commitment from the players and hardly any time to let our guard down. But as Tuchel reflected in his post-match interviews, We know what we’re going to face. and able to adapt to Pep’s latest tactics
“I expect Fernandinho to be in the starting lineup. Therefore, he chose a very aggressive and technical lineup. It’s very difficult to steal the ball and get it back. Everything we expected more or less.
“We expect them to play very wide. Therefore, it is important that we continue to come out with Azpi and Toni. Leave the back five to support our midfield and stay in that block in the front five to stop diagonal alternating play.
“We are absolutely sure that we have to play with strong bonds and beliefs. That’s what we do Minute after minute, we dominated the ball, second ball and started counterattack. since then It was a poor match.”
-Thomas Tuchel; Source: Football.London
I was watching a game with my father-in-law. And he asked afterwards how much credit for the win should be given to the head coach. It’s a fair question as always. We often overestimate the performance of a coach. Whether they’re positive or negative, Giovanni Trapattoni was probably right when he said a good coach can make a team 10% better, while a bad coach can make the same team 30% worse. again in modern games at the highest level That’s a huge margin.
Tuchel’s impact was undeniable. He said he wanted to make Chelsea. “Difficult to win” and that’s been the case in almost every game since he’s been in charge since day one until today. and for that He deserves enormous credit. It designed this in the busiest mid-season, even and especially when we compared our defensive stats to the previous 18 months. Chelsea weren’t perfect and we still didn’t score as well. but in terms of tactics Tuchel has scored almost every time in the past six months.
The goal that decided the UCL final this morning. Just one of many interesting strategic discussion points.
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We can be confident that he will continue to improve and improve the team as we move into next season. and truly close the gap to the top
You never know what will happen next in football for sure. But the future looks very bright. Tuchel’s first few months surpassed Mourinho’s shadow Mk.I on the matter. we just started