Thomas Tuchel takes his third game in charge of Chelsea on Thursday evening – and it’s a big one.
After securing four points from his first two matches since replacing Frank Lampard at the helm, Tuchel now comes up against Spurs and former Blues manager Jose Mourinho in north London on Thursday night.
Spurs are dreadfully out of form having won just three of their last 11 games and were extremely poor in their defeat to Brighton at the weekend which has seen a little bit of pressure ramp up on Mourinho.
Spurs are still above Chelsea in the table as sixth takes on seventh on Thursday, but only on goal difference. Spurs do have a game in hand and sit level on 33 points with Tuchel’s men.
The German head coach is still getting to know his squad in-depth after a whirlwind first week in charge that saw two games played and barely any time for Tuchel to unpack his belongings having jetted into the capital last Tuesday to take the job.
The head coach has tinkered with the formation from the Lampard days, deploying three centre backs and two wing-backs in his first two matches which has yielded consecutive clean sheets against Burnley and Wolves.
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Tuchel has also opted for experience, recalling Marcos Alonso for the Wolves game and Cesar Azpilicueta for the first two, while also sticking with Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva in defence and Jorginho in midfield.
He could be without both Kai Havertz and Kurt Zouma for the game however as Tuchel admitted in his pre-match press conference that they duo limped out of training on Wednesday with “little issues.”
But how do we think he could line up against Spurs? Could he change the script entirely and mix his team around?
Sam Inkersole – Chelsea writer
It’s still very hard to predict a side that Tuchel will pick as we know he is not afraid to change things around when he faces certain teams,…