Thomas Tuchel has been called Maurizio Sarri Mark Two for the way his Chelsea side have passed teams to death.
He’s been called Antonio Conte Mark Two for going to three at the back and playing Callum Hudson-Odoi as a Victor Moses-style wing-back.
But there is one stat that shows that Chelsea’s new German boss has a bit of Jose Mourinho about him too.
The pair face off against each other on Thursday night when the Blues go to Tottenham looking to climb back into the race for the top four.
And if they stop Spurs scoring, Tuchel can become the first Chelsea boss to record clean sheets in each of his first three league games since… Mourinho in August 2004.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has a similar mentality to Jose Mourinho
That Blues team won the title conceding just 15 goals in 38 games – an absolutely extraordinary defensive achievement.
Tuchel is coming in mid-season and has ruled his Chelsea team out of the current title race. He doesn’t have the star-studded squad Mourinho did.
He’s also having to tighten up a team which has conceded a whopping 50 Premier League away goals since the start of last season. Only Newcastle have conceded more.
But there are early signs that Tuchel’s Chelsea could be a completely different defensive animal to Frank Lampard’s.
The Blues did not allow Wolves a single shot on target in Tuchel’s debut in the dug-out last month.
They didn’t allow Burnley one either in Sunday’s 2-0 win, with the Clarets only managing one shot of any note at all.
So there is a bit of Mourinho’s defensive ruthlessness about this Chelsea. But maybe that’s where the similarities end.
Mourinho is often criticised for being negative and playing the kind of football that rarely excites.
Jose Mourinho spent two spells with Chelsea
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