Author Patrick Austen-Hardy has provided an analysis of coach Thomas Tuchel's decisions in the recent match against Tottenham Hotspur
1. Have faith in Koulibaly.
Kalidou Koulibaly’s impressive performances in the last two games may have temporarily distracted Chelsea fans from Antonio Rudiger. He contributed to the home team’s clean sheet against Everton and left his mark with a goal against Tottenham Hotspur. The white-shirted defense and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris stood motionless as number 26’s lightning-fast shot flew straight into the roof of the net.
2. The “X” Factor of Loftus-Cheek.
One of the names that surprised coach Antonio Conte was Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Because he is not a strong midfielder and is instead assigned to the right wing corridor. When Chelsea created an overwhelming game, the Englishman had to squeeze into the middle to increase the number of people. Furthermore, I strongly support Reece James’ decision to close his right corridor.
3. Give Cucurella the main kick.
Cucurella, according to coach Thomas Tuchel, is more suited to the intensity and rhythm of Premier League competition than Ben Chilwell at the moment. In fact, the Spanish defender did not betray his teacher’s trust.
The former Brighton player continued to attack in a rhythmic manner, bringing a lot of energy to the Chelsea left-wing corridor. Cucurella demonstrated outstanding dueling skills against Dejan Kulusevski, Emerson Royal, and Cristian Romero.
In the 19th minute, the £60 million signing assisted Kalidou Koulibaly to open the scoring. Cucurella’s game is fantastic.
Rookie Marc Cucurella demonstrated his worth by making his debut in front of Chelsea fans in the stands at Stamford Bridge. He fills in at left back and has situations to support the attack. The situation in which he took the corner that led to Koulibaly’s goal enthralled the audience. The Spaniard is expected to bring positive changes to the Blues.
4. Adaptable strategies.
In the first half, Chelsea created an overwhelming battle against Tottenham. Coach Thomas Tuchel’s flexibility in how the squad operated came into play. Mason Mount and Kai Havertz were constantly moving to surround Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, limiting Spurs’ connectivity.
Chelsea players easily broke through Tottenham’s defense with two or three quick passes. Gaps were exploited, and a few opportunities were created, but Chelsea were unable to capitalize fully.
The error of Having lost the upper hand.
Chelsea dominated the first 65 minutes, keeping the ball and threatening the opponent, but they couldn’t keep the lead. And their spirits were shaken when Hojbjerg equalized. Despite James giving the home team the lead for the second time in the game, the Blues were unable to maintain the lead until the referee blew the final whistle.