It was confirmed on Monday morning that Frank Lampard was to be sacked as Chelsea manager with his replacement expected to be former Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel.
Tuchel was relieved from his role as PSG manager last month following two-and-a-half years with the Parisian club. His sacking came despite clinching the Ligue 1 title in both seasons in charge – albeit with the caveat of last year’s success coming on a PPG basis.
Yet, a failure to deliver the Champions League in that time, along with an inconsistent start to this season and a sometimes strained relationship with the club’s hierarchy ultimately proved costly.
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Despite this unceremonious end to his time at PSG, Tuchel’s managerial pedigree cannot be doubted and he looks to be somewhat of a coup for the Blues.
With his appointment imminent, let’s look at what his key managerial principles are and how they could impact things at Stamford Bridge.
Whilst Tuchel did an admiral job at Mainz and a standout one at Dortmund, it’s best to focus on his time in Paris due to that being both his most recent role and because of the similarities between the playing profiles there when compared to the ones currently at Chelsea.
With PSG, Tuchel predominantly utilised a 4-3-3 formation, although he would sometimes adjust to a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 depending on players available and strength of the opposition.
The benefit of the 4-3-3 formation was that it allowed him to field his most dangerous attackers such as Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Ángel Di María in advanced positions that allowed them to have the most penetrative threat to the opposition’s goal.
Thomas Tuchel is set to be appointed Chelsea head coach
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Behind them, he’d usually deploy a more…