When a new head coach is appointed by a football club, change is inevitable.
For some, that will be exactly what was needed. For others, it can derail an encouraging season. Every coach has their own tactical ideas and within that their own specific demands. Certain players will fit in better than others. That’s a simple reality.
And it’s what will take place at Chelsea now that Frank Lampard has departed and Thomas Tuchel has been placed in charge of the Blues.
The German will expect his side to play high-energy, attacking football with an onus of pressing high up the pitch. It is not radically different from the football Lampard wanted Chelsea to play, although there will be several different nuances and wrinkles to the German’s approach.
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Importantly, there will be a clean slate for all. Those who had fallen out of favour under Lampard or had proven problematic for the club legend this season should have an opportunity to win over the German.
On the flip side, the key players that emerged under Lampard, the guaranteed starters, must now prove their worth all over again. That is no easy feat.
So here, we look at the big winners and losers from Tuchel’s appointment and what it might mean for several members of the Blues squad.
The Chelsea player who arguably stands to gain the most from Tuchel’s arrival is the German defender.
Lampard was happy for the 27-year-old to leave Chelsea in the summer transfer window, with Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori ahead of him in the centre-back pecking order.
There was interest in Rudiger from West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur but he turned down both clubs. Importantly, Tuchel wanted to bring him to French capital but the Ligue 1 champions were never close to agreeing…