Thomas Tuchel has given a very definitive answer on the style of football Chelsea fans can expect from his team as he embarks on a top four quest with the Blues.
Tuchel has been parachuted in with Chelsea flailing in eighth in the Premier League, a run of five defeats in eight games causing the Roman Abramovich axe to fall on Frank Lampard earlier this week.
The former PSG manager oversaw his first game in charge just 24 hours after arriving at the club with Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Wolves, a result and team selection the 47-year-old told everyone not to read too much into.
A theme that did develop from Tuchel’s first foray into Premier League management is that he likes his side to pass the ball – a lot.
Chelsea completed 820 passes against Wolves and recorded 79.4% possession across the 90 minutes but it wasn’t very probing, a lot of it was in front of a defensively comfortable Wolves outfit and the Blues drew a blank.
That had led to some early criticism – on social media admittedly – about how Tuchel’s setup might not be the most pleasing for Chelsea supporters.
The new head coach was asked exactly what his style will be like and he didn’t hold back when describing what he wants to see from his Chelsea side.
“I like attacking football,” Tuchel said straight off the bat.
“I like the approach of thinking about scoring and creating chances and this is how we spend our time to transmit to the players, to encourage them, to think up front, to think offensive and to give them guidance and help where they can accelerate a game and where they and speed up and get into the opponent’s box.
“At the same time I absolutely love when we have high recoveries, when we gain second balls, when we can play an aggressive style of football, an active style of football which means we don’t wait for mistakes, we force mistakes, we have active recoveries – and the team…