Thomas Tuchel: New Chelsea boss sees positives despite Wolves draw

Very good feeling for the future – Tuchel

The Thomas Tuchel era at Chelsea may have started with a goalless draw, but the German believes he has seen enough to leave him feeling positive about the future.

Tuchel’s side were held on a frustrating night by Wolves at Stamford Bridge in the former Paris St-Germain and Borussia Dortmund boss’ first game since taking over from Frank Lampard.

Wolves keeper Rui Patricio saved well from Antonio Rudiger’s header and Callum Hudson-Odoi’s deflected attempt.

Chelsea have won just once in six Premier League games and are five points off a top-four spot.

But Tuchel preferred to concentrate on the positives after the Wolves match.

“I was very happy performance-wise, unfortunately we couldn’t score, if we take care of our performance like this the results will come,” he said after taking charge of Chelsea for the first time.

“It gives me a good feeling for the future.”

So were there signs of what is to come under Tuchel and any early positives?

Experience over youth

It’s not very often a striker is dropped to the bench after scoring a hat-trick.

But that is what happened to Tammy Abraham after Tuchel opted to go for “a bit more experience” for his first game.

England striker Abraham scored all three goals in the 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round win over Luton on Sunday – Lampard’s last game in charge.

Mason Mount and Reece James also had to start on the bench as the likes of France World Cup winner Olivier Giroud and Jorginho got the nod.

Chelsea’s 433 successful passes is the most by a Thomas Tuchel team in the first half of a top-flight game since May 2016

Tuchel, who has conducted one training session with his new team, said: “We have a good mix of young and experienced players.

“Today I cannot choose a team after one day in training, it’s not fair so this may be the most unfair line-up we ever do.

“We chose a bit more experience because we step into the middle of the season, it’s not easy.”

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