What Thomas Tuchel’s first Chelsea lineup means for Mason Mount, Reece James and Timo Werner

Thomas Tuchel has sprung a few surprises with his first Chelsea team that he has named to take on Wolves in the Premier League this evening.

Having featured in 80 of Frank Lampard’s 84 games at the helm of the Blues, Mount has been left out of Tuchel’s first team as he has also changed formation.

It appears the German has gone with three central defenders, Cesar Azpilicueta joining Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger at the heart of the Blues defence.

At wing back, we believe Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi will be operating on either flank, with a midfield two of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic with Mount only on the bench.

The front three looks to consist of Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Olivier Giroud, meaning there is no place in the starting lineup for Timo Werner.

So what does that all mean?

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In truth, not very much as it is Tuchel’s first game in charge. He has only had one training session with his players so will effectively use this game in the Premier League as an extended training session in order to find out more about his players.

Werner will no doubt be disappointed that he wasn’t given a start to impress his fellow countryman in Tuchel, with Giroud preferred. Perhaps the Premier League experience of Giroud had won out over Werner.

In defence, Tuchel is a big fan of Hudson-Odoi so perhaps wanted to shoehorn him in somewhere with Hakim Ziyech in the same line up. The duo usually dovetail on either flank so it’ll be interesting to see how they combine.

Reece James is the player to make way, one of Chelsea’s best crossers of a ball and with Giroud in the middle, it’s a bold call from Tuchel as he is banking on Hudson-Odoi’s delivery being as good as James’ is. Cesar Azpilicueta’s inclusion doesn’t come as a big surprise as Tuchel will need the Blues’ leader in his side.

It’s a massive night for Kai Havertz, who has been given the nod over Christian Pulisic wh was, of course, managed by Tuchel at Borussia…


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