THOMAS TUCHEL proved once again that he is a world class tactician.
N’Golo Kante’s introduction changed the game as Chelsea beat TottenhamCredit: AP
Thomas Tuchel proved again he is a master tacticianCredit: EPA
Nuno Espirito Santo would have felt very pleased with himself for throwing in some surprise tactics against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in the first 45 minutes of this game.
The home side matched Chelsea’s back three with three attackers, almost man-marking them, which caused real problems for Chelsea trying to play out from the back and control the game.
The Blues looked under immense pressure in the first 30 minutes of the match purely because of this – they could not get a hold of the game or a grip on possession and they looked like they could easily concede a goal or two.
Chelsea’s attackers were poor as well and didn’t look to create anything or make any chances for themselves on the rare occasions they did manage to play out and counter-attack Spurs.
It wasn’t the best performance at all from Mason Mount or Kai Havertz and this is when the big tactical game-changing decision came in to play.
It was a brave decision that once again marks Thomas Tuchel as a world class tactical football manager, one of the best in the game right now.
The German coach hooked Mount off at half time and bought on the ever reliable N’Golo Kante which, by the way, is an unreal player to be able to bring off the bench in the first instance.
But it wasn’t just about the player – and Kante was FANTASTIC – it was all about having the genius to switch the formation from a 3-4-3 to a 3-5-2, putting an extra man in midfield to help Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, who were both having very poor halves as well, control the game.
Taking away one of the attackers to put that extra man in the middle of the park, where Chelsea were leaving very wide open spaces, was a great call and it turned this game on it’s head.
Chelsea went from struggling and possibly being lucky to still be in the game in the first half, to completely bossing the whole of the second half, scoring three goals and comfortably walking away with all three points from The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Nuno was so close to getting an edge on Tuchel, but the genius tactician of Tuchel once again out-foxed his opponent.
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