If Thomas Tuchel expected an easy task to turn Chelsea’s fortunes around, he may be sorely disappointed based on their 0-0 draw with Wolves on Wednesday night.
The Blues struggled to carve out clear-cut chances despite having 79% possession and 14 shots on goal.
But only five of those were on target and the closest they came was through Antonio Rudiger and a deflected Callum Hudson-Odoi strike.
While noteworthy incidents were few and far between, Tuchel’s decision to leave out homegrown talent in Mason Mount, James Reece, and Tammy Abraham for Jorginho, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Olivier Giroud were interesting calls.
The result does little to allay fans’ fears about kicking on from here as they are five points off fourth-placed West Ham and sit down in eighth.
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However, it is very early days and one positive is that Chelsea kept a clean sheet, something they have struggled to do of late.
So, without further ado, here is a roundup of what the national media thought of Tuchel’s first game in charge.
Dave Kidd said the “toothless” Blues were uninspiring against Wolves.
“Well, the former Chelsea manager would have approved if he had tuned in for Thomas Tuchel’s opening night,” he wrote.
“Not Frank Lampard, who’d have seen his youth policy put through the shredder by his German successor.
“But Maurizio Sarri, who’d have appreciated Chelsea dominating possession at a pedestrian pace, playing the sort of football which made the Italian so unpopular with the Stamford Bridge faithful.
“Tuchel – the moody dude with a history of fall-outs and a stint as a fashion model on his CV – has much to do to win over supporters of his new club, having replaced their golden boy Lampard.
“And while the former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund chief had only been in charge…