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Chelsea verdict: Blues could have played all night and not scored vs Juventus as cracks of Lampard era begin to reappear

THINGS have been going far too smoothly for Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea since the German boss took over from Frank Lampard last January. He has injected a great team spirit and new tactical ideas and has often been referred to as a tactical genius, which he has proven to be at times. However, there are […] ...

THINGS have been going far too smoothly for Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea since the German boss took over from Frank Lampard last January.

He has injected a great team spirit and new tactical ideas and has often been referred to as a tactical genius, which he has proven to be at times.

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Chelsea chief Thomas Tuchel saw another huge test of his progress since taking over in January[/caption]

Callum Hudson-Odoi was limited to a cameo role and only as a wing-back

However, there are a few things that Tuchel might need to start seriously addressing at training, because cracks are starting to appear for Chelsea after having lost their last two games.

Both games were very different, and Tuchel lined up in different formations for them both, using 3-5-2 against Manchester City, and then starting 3-4-3 against Juventus only to revert to a 3-5-2 in the second half after a poor first period.

This gives you fluidity, but it doesn’t give you stability. It’s good to have a few formations you can try and different options to use, but there has been elements of confusion and the players haven’t been able to utilise any of the formations in the last couple of games.

Against City, it was a case of not having the quality or belief to play out from the back under an intense press, something we had often seen under Frank Lampard.

Then today in the 1-0 loss to Juventus, it was a case of being clueless in the final third and not being able to break down a stubborn defence.

Chelsea lacked ideas and finesse in the final third which is again, an age old problem they had under Lampard, and these problems are starting to rear their ugly heads again.

This certainly isn’t a time to panic or doubt Tuchel, but there are some major improvements needed for Chelsea to fill in those cracks and knock the problems on the head.


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Tuchel can certainly be questioned by some of his decisions, like ignoring Callum Hudson-Odoi in his preferred attacking left position and persisting with him as a wing back where he clearly isn’t comfortable.

And not starting Chelsea’s most in form and flair player of the last few games, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

I think Chelsea could have been playing all night tonight against Juventus in the Champions League and still not found a goal. It was one of those nights, but the players and Tuchel have to take the shared blame here.

Lack of imaginations and quality in attack, and Tuchel needs to find a stable formation and perfect it. Because this was Chelsea’s second loss in a row and their first loss in the group stages of the Champions League in 12 matches.

They need to fix up and they need to fix up fast.

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