THOMAS TUCHEL is running a tight ship at Chelsea.
The Blues boss has conceded just 24 goals in his first 50 games in charge – the lowest total ever for a manager at an English club.
Thomas Tuchel won the Champions League in his first season at Chelsea[/caption]
And Chelsea have kept 31 clean sheets in the gaffer’s first half-century of fixtures.
That’s more shut-outs than any other club in Europe’s top five leagues during the same time period.
Tuchel has made a sensational start to life at Stamford Bridge since arriving in January this year.
The 48-year-old steadied the ship after the sacking of club legend Frank Lampard before leading his side to Champions League glory.
Victory over Italian giants Juventus on Tuesday night was Tuchel’s 32nd in the Chelsea hotseat.
He has lost just seven games since taking over in West London.
After the game Tuchel admitted he did not know about the record, or that it had been his 50th game in charge.
He said: “That’s my 50th game today as a Chelsea manager? Nice, nice.
“It’s not written over the manager’s office, ‘Defensive is what counts.’ It’s just part of the game and it’s a huge part of the game.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE OFFERS
GOALS CONCEDED AFTER 50 GAMES
CHELSEA boss Thomas Tuchel has beaten a record set by club legend Jose Mourinho (pictured above) to boast the best EVER defensive record after 50 games in charge.
- Thomas Tuchel — Chelsea (2021) — 24 goals
- Jose Mourinho — Chelsea (2004) — 27 goals
- Avram Grant — Chelsea (2007) — 32 goals
- Joe Fagan —Liverpool (1983)— 34 goals
- Ron Atkinson — Man Utd (1981)— 37 goals
“Sometimes defending is the best defence to get control of games, to protect us against counter-attacks, this is what we do very good.
“I feel we are very aware and we do the unthankful, invisible work, very, very disciplined. And we protect us against counter-attacks.
“And when we have to defend we dig in and really defend. And with a bit of luck and good goalkeeping it’s possible.”
His side are also sitting pretty in the Premier League as they top the table three points ahead of Manchester City.
Tuchel’s performances have drawn praise from all corners of the footballing world.
Lampard’s former assistant Jody Morris has admitted the ex-Paris Saint Germain boss is ‘top quality’.
And veteran coach Fabio Capello lauded Chelsea for giving Juve a ‘lesson in football’ in their 4-0 thrashing.
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