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Can Thomas Tuchel lead Chelsea to a top-four finish in EPL?

Chelsea is a team that has heritage, finances, and players of excellent quality. Since they entered into the Premier League, they have dominated the standings and have impressed others with their ability on the ball. In their twenty-years playing in the Premier League, Chelsea has seen many managers at the helm.

Subsequently, the managers who have taken control of the London club at various points, were lauded for their vision and tactics. However, only a few of them have won their players trust in the locker room and the fans, through their winning ways on the field. 

Chelsea’s history in the Premier League

Chelsea was led by Ian Potterfield during the conception of the Premier League in the year 1992. At the start of the season on August 15th, 1992, Chelsea drew against Oldham Athletic. From therein, their first-ever disastrous season in the league was culminated. Potterfield and his men were shown the strengths of the league by the more established teams. They finished at a lowly twelfth position in the league. Following such a shameful season and Ruud Gullit’s appointment in 1994, Chelsea saw a ray of hope for their endeavor in the FA Premier League.

Under Gullit, they won various trophies. The 1998 UEFA Super Cup and the 2000 FA Cup were the major highlights the Dutchman provided for The Pensioners in his two years at Stamford Bridge. Once Gullit bid adieu to Stamford Bridge on August 28th, 1998, Chelsea saw many managers come through Stamford Bridge. Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Di Matteo, and Antonio Conte were temporary fixes, though they won them the Premier League and Champions League, respectively.

However, Chelsea found a manager of better quality, after the departure of Ancelotti, in Jose Mourinho. ‘The one’ was their most proficient manager ever. He understood the pulse of the Chelsea fans and delivered top-four finishes and Premier League titles frequently. He exited the club on September 27th, 2007, on December 17th, 2015 (following a return to the club on June 3rd, 2013).

But, with the introduction of Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea sees hope in their run for the title.

Now that the formalities have been addressed let us take a look at what the Blues may bring for their fans with the help of tactician Thomas Tuchel. Proven Illinous gambling sites like William Hill are giving Chelsea 1/3 for a top four finish in the 2020/2021 season.

Let’s see how Chelsea can be helpful by Thomas Tuchel and secure their spot in the top four.

Thomas Tuchel’s style

 Main 05:

The name Thomas Tuchel gained popularity just a few years ago when a German manager in the Bundesliga had achieved a lot through a mediocre Main 05 side. His tactics and vision helped him lead his side to a strong finish in the 2009-10 Bundesliga season. Tuchel had a lot of belief in two players, particularly Adam Szalai and Andre Schrulle. He replaced them with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and midfield star Yunus Malli once they departed for better standards.

He was adept in making use of his forwards in creative ways, with his midfielders playing in a second striker or center forward. The partnership that he started between Moting and Malli came to fruition soon, and they helped the German to seven consecutive wins in the league. Before he departed to Borussia Dortmund, Tuchel recruited Shinji Okazaki and Julain Baumgatlinger.

Benefit for Chelsea in the top four race:

The Chelsea midfield will forever be reversing roles with the forward, awarding them the aspect of unpredictability. The opposition will be dumb-founded in figuring out who will be the goalscorer to man-mark him and control his play.

Borussia Dortmund:

His impression to the officials at Borussia Dortmund was strong enough to warrant him a move. On April 19th, 2015, he signed with BVB and kept his progression as high and consistent as ever. Similar to his time at Mainz, he used the midfielders to the best of their capabilities. In his first season, he made profound changes to his team by recruiting German defensive midfielders Gonzalo Castro and Julian Weigl from Bayer Leverkusen and 1860 Munich.

Furthermore, he made use of a few youngsters in his team over the years. Players like Ousmane Dembele, Marc Bartra Raphael Guerriero, and Christian Pulisic were given many opportunities in the BVB team. They repaid the trust shown to them and made an immediate impact in the Bundesliga under Tuchel. Under Thomas Tuchel, Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang shot to further fame. He scored enough goals to guide them to a second-place finish in the league in the 2015-16 season.

In the following season, under the guidance of Tuchel, he won the Bundesliga golden boot. Thomas Tuchel had excellent relations with Dortmund CEO and used it to secure the transfers he wanted at Dortmund. Through this, he built his own personalized Dortmund team. Even after his departure, they followed the financial and youth system models used by Tuchel.

Benefit for Chelsea in the top four race:

Under Tuchel, Dortmund learned to scout players with potential for a lower price and then help them attain more significant potential through rigorous training and frequent game time. Chelsea will recruit a lot more young players under him.

Pulisic is now at Chelsea, Tuchel will not use him if he feels that the American does not fit his plan. So, many youngsters will be given chances till and after Chelsea attain the top four this season.

Paris St Germain: 

Following his explosive seasons with Dortmund, Qatar Sports Investment-owned PSG signed him on May 14th, 2018. His ideology at Dortmund was implemented at Les Rouge Et Bleu as well. They wanted a manager who could make them forget about the disastrous La Remontada.

The German was given the task of achieving that. In his first season, he signed Thilo Kehrer and Juan Bernat for an added sum of fifty-two million euros. They both had an immediate impact on Les Parisiens, and they helped Tuchel start an excellent rebuild for the club.

In time, Tuchel employed his technique of recruiting youngsters and paid good money for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe. The young Frenchman came to PSG on loan and scored thirteen goals in twenty-seven appearances. He impressed Tuchel and proved that the German tactic for using young players is beneficial.

Through Tuchel, they won the French title with little resistance, and before he departed, he had made PSG a European force again.

Benefit for Chelsea in the top four race:

Chelsea has a lot of youngsters who can make a similar impact to Kylian Mbappe at Chelsea. Billy Gilmour and Mason Mount have showcased their potential. With a little guidance, Tuchel can fill Chelsea with many youngsters who would attain the best player’s title in the world.

Conclusion:

Chelsea will not take a long time in attaining the top four, and they will not be troubled by the re-emergence of West Ham under David Moyes and Jesse Lingard. The German has proven in his other clubs that he is efficient in taking clubs to their actual potential, and just like Jurgen Klopp, he works for the club, and like Mourinho, he works to please the fans. Having both their traits, he will not have difficulty having his goal and maintaining his position at such a high level.

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