On Saturday evening, Chelsea recorded a last-gasp 2-1 win at champions-elect Manchester City. The win denied the Citizens from claiming the Premier League title. However, it is more a case of when and not if the men from Manchester claim the English top-flight title.
The late victory for the Blues against a slightly weakened City team means that Chelsea have head coach Thomas Tuchel has now engineered two wins over Manchester City since his arrival in late January. The German may feel like he has a psychological edge of City counterpart ahead of the Champions League final later this month.
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Thomas Tuchel proving his tactical acumen
While many big-name head coaches have struggled to match Guardiola, the German has proven more than a match for the Catalan rival. It is not just the two wins over City this season that has illustrated Tuchel’s managerial skills.
The former PSG head coach developed a real reputation for his tactical acumen throughout his coaching career. Those skills have been on full display at Mainz, Dortmund and PSG before his switch to Chelsea.
In some ways, Tuchel’s tactical ability, innovative training sessions and flexibility could be compared to Guardiola’s. That is bad news for Guardiola and all the other head coaches in the English top-flight for next season. The fact Tuchel has already dragged Chelsea from midtable to third-place in the Premier League table and a Champions League shows just how good a head coach he is.
Chelsea will get even better with Tuchel’s players
The effect that Tuchel has had on the current Chelsea squad in such a short time with the club is incredible. Some clubs have new manager bounce, but the Blues improvement is far more than just that. It is players buying into the ideas of a highly intelligent head coach.
It is scary to think how good Chelsea will be once the German has been allowed to bring in some of his own players. The club’s hierarchy may be responsible for recruitment, but considering the impact he has had in his short time at the club Tuchel will certainly have a big hand in the summer arrivals. With the backing of moneybag’s club owner Roman Abramovich, the Tuchel could add to his already highly talented and squad.
Proper title challenge next season
When Chelsea spent big on some big-name players in the summer, some expected the Blues to mount a realistic challenge for the Premier League title. However, things didn’t quite work out under club legend Frank Lampard and Tuchel came in to replace the former England midfielder as head coach.
Next season is likely to be a different story for the team from south west London. Tuchel has had time to get across ideas, the Blues have built up good end of season momentum and they may yet finish the season as European champions.
The mix of the ingredients feels just right for the Blues to mount a realistic charge for the Premier League title next season. They certainly looked the best-placed team to mount any sort of challenge for the English top-flight crown.
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