Chelsea are once again set to enter a new managerial period, with the decision made to axe Frank Lampard on Monday.
Despite the victory over Luton Town in the FA Cup, Roman Abramovich has rung the changes once again and Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked by Paris Saint-Germain last month, is set to move to Stamford Bridge as Lampard’s successor.
The German will inherit a talented squad that has not met expectations so far this season, with the Blues ninth in the table and five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.
Immediate improvements will be expected and Tuchel’s biggest challenge will be to find rhythm in a squad that is extremely top-heavy.
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The signings of Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner added to Chelsea’s vast attacking ranks, joining a squad that already boasted Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Lampard failed to establish a balanced midfield to go alongside the attack but Tuchel, due to his experiences with PSG, has previous in this sort of area.
In the French capital, his squad included an embarrassment of riches with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria forming his strongest line-up in the attacking third.
In PSG’s run to the Champions League final last season, the Parisians often adopted a 4-3-3 formation, different to the 4-2-2-2 regularly used in the league, with a midfield trio consisting of Marquinhos, Idrissa Gueye and Marco Verratti.
That midfield trio left the attacking focus to those ahead of them, reducing the space that opponents had when moving forward with their own attacks and allowing the attackers to ensure they were consistently in the best positions.
Tuchel may look to find a similar approach at Chelsea, with N’Golo Kante playing as the deeper of the pair and Jorginho filling the Gueye role, with Mason Mount…