Thomas Tuchel’s 2020/21 season as Chelsea manager predicted by FM21

Despite Chelsea only sacking Frank Lampard on Monday morning, the Blues could name his successor within the next 24 hours. understands that Thomas Tuchel is expected to be named Chelsea’s new head coach, after the club confirmed the sacking of Frank Lampard on Monday. The former PSG and Borussia Dortmund manager held talks with the Blues’ board over the weekend and is likely to be appointed imminently.

Tuchel has only been a free agent for a short time after being dismissed by Paris Saint-Germain on December 23, following controversial comments he made to the French media in which he complained that he felt more like a politician than a coach in Paris.

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The German coach won six major trophies at Parc des Princes, including Ligue 1 (2), Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Trophee des Champions (2), also reaching the final of the Champions League last season, before eventually losing out to Bayern Munich.

So, what kind of season could Chelsea have, with Tuchel taking over half way through this current season?

To have a bit of fun and try to predict the future, we used Football Manager 2021 to see what could happen.

Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea manager from January 2021

To set up this simulation, we used the Football Manager 2021 editor to arrange for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland to join Chelsea in the Summer 2021 transfer window, using FM21 to run our simulation.

The Football Manager database currently contains data on more than 800,000 individuals and 45,000 active clubs, with data sourced from their international on the ground scouting network which numbers roughly 1,000 people, among their ranks are some who are involved in football in professional capacities, including scouts and coaches.

In addition, each annual iteration of Football Manager has built-in algorithms which check for outliers and data…


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