Is Thomas Tuchel still the right man to lead Chelsea?

Thomas Tuchel had the seemingly impossible task of managing Chelsea after the sacking of Frank Lampard.

Tuchel quickly settled into the role and introduced Chelsea fans to a back five and a possession-based form of football.

These changes bought positive results to the club, and the team began to climb the league toward the top four.

Tuchel’s brand of football seemingly suited the Champions League more than any other competition. He flexed his tactical muscles and masterminded a dominant two-leg success of La Liga champions Atletico.

Throughout the knockout phase, Tuchel showed tactical superiority over every manager in the competition, including Pep Guardiola in the final. While on the historic run to Porto, Chelsea showed inconsistency in the Premier League.

Supporters of the German manager could argue the Champions League was a legitimate excuse for the league inconsistencies. His detractors could say the Chelsea manager failed to show flexibility in his management.

The end of the season in the Premier League was forgetful for Chelsea as they scraped into the top four thanks to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur beating Leicester City.

Tuchel and his men cemented their place in Stamford Bridge folklore by winning the Champions League – defeating Manchester City thanks to a Kai Havertz goal.

The hopes for this season (2021-22) were high – Chelsea splashed £97 million on Romelu Lukaku.

Romelu Lukaku

As Chelsea approached the notoriously challenging Christmas period, Tuchel was riding high with Chelsea top of the league and through to the last 16 of the Champions League.

Chelsea fans were dreaming of more glory this season. Then Covid-19 decimated the Chelsea squad to the point where they could only name four subs at Molineaux against Wolves.

More dropped points against Everton and a defeat to Manchester City has left Chelsea looking nervously over their shoulder while Manchester City is seemingly cantering to another Premier League title.

The knives are now out for The Chelsea manager. Some Chelsea fans are looking at who could be coming in next. In addition to inconsistent results, Tuchel has had to contend with the Lukaku situation. Lukaku spoke fondly of his time at Inter while expressing he’s not 100% happy how his manager is utilising him.

Tuchel, according to many, handled the situation admirably by expressing publicly he felt Lukaku behaved disrespectfully towards the club and accused his star striker of making “unnecessary noise”.

Thomas Tuchel and Romelu Lukaku

Subsequently leaving, Lukaku on the bench led many to feel Tuchel had handled the situation well.

Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea board have proven they are not afraid to pull the trigger on a manager regardless of previous success. Speculation is rife that all is not well at Chelsea.

Looking at the performances on the pitch, it’s clear the team would benefit by having more continuity in the attacking part of the team, with Tuchel constantly rotating the Chelsea front three.

Another criticism aimed at the Chelsea manager is his supposed lack of flexibility in a tactical sense. When you look at the personnel Chelsea have in defence, they look a lot more solid with five at the back, and this has seemingly bought Rudiger’s performances to an all-time high.

However, Tuchel has gone to four at the back more recently, with Ziyech given a free role to roam in this system.

Hakim Ziyech

During Tuchels time at Chelsea, he has transformed our fortunes on the pitch. He has masterminded successes over the Madrid teams – and Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Manchester City team.

He has bought a win at all costs mentality to this group of players. Having struggled in possession under Lampard, Chelsea has become a high performing possession-based team – who manipulate the ball so well and impose their qualities on the opposition.

The improvements in the performances on the pitch are largely down to Tuchel and his coaching staff. Chelsea is undoubtedly going through a period of inconsistency at this time. However, to suggest a change of manager is needed is reactionary. Tuchel deserves time to turn around Chelsea’s current form.

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