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1 hour ago, LongtimerLurker said:

I think he'll be disappointed to lose Ziyech, I think he had plans for him especially during this busy start to the season. 

It becomes apparent why we need such a talented and deep squad because one injury to one of our starters and we had another quality player available add in Lukaku to this mix and things look good.

Tuchel will have a lot more questions to answer this season and regardless of how it goes I'll back him. The 343 will be asked a lot more questions This season and it will be interesting to see how we adapt as the season goes along.

Thomas has shown himself to be a top tier coach time and time again with us and I hope he delivers the Club World Cup alongside at least one of the EPL, UCL or failing those a strong finish in both and a FA cup win.

 

You could see Tuchel's frustration when Ziyech got injured and after the game when he was asked about.

It's a mirror of last season. Ziyech has a good pre season and get's injured just as the season is about to begin.

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Feels like we’ve got momentum and developing a winning mentality. With our squad and after a few years dropping down a level (4-6th), it feels like we’re back amongst the elite. 

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Some reports have said TT feels the club back him 110% and match his ambitions perfectly.

Delivering Lukaku, who is said to have been TT number 1 target, and at a club record sum is said to have made him feel very happy and well backed.

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I think we will start the season with 3 at the back but eventually we will move to 4 at the back once Tuchel is satisfied he has coached it into the team enough. If we have learnt anything from Conte’s time at the club, it’s best to be proactive with the formation before it’s found out. I think he will be keen to change to fit Mount in alongside Lukaku, Havertz & Werner/Pulisic/Ziyech as well and 4 at the back allows this. 

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21 minutes ago, rtwelch said:

I think we will start the season with 3 at the back but eventually we will move to 4 at the back once Tuchel is satisfied he has coached it into the team enough. If we have learnt anything from Conte’s time at the club, it’s best to be proactive with the formation before it’s found out. I think he will be keen to change to fit Mount in alongside Lukaku, Havertz & Werner/Pulisic/Ziyech as well and 4 at the back allows this. 

I agree. Hoping to see Kounde as soon as possible so that the back 4 can be a thing once again.

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Agree there will be flexibility in formation, now Tuchel had a pre-season with the players. Against smaller teams, make more sense to have an extra midfielder or attacker than a central defender. The likes of Pullisic, CHO will benefit from playing their familiar roles. In Conte's second season teams started to figure out a plan against the 343, expect the same pattern this season.

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Mendy

Azpi/James  Kounde/Zouma/Rudiger   Silva/Christenson/Rudigier  Chillwell

 Kante   Jorginho  Kova/Mount

Havertz/CHO  Romelu Werner/Pulisic

Plenty of choices

 

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1 hour ago, Bob stark said:

But we have 4 cb and all of them are fine. not sure cb is the reason why we can't play back 4

This guy is a good pure defender and good on the ball, with T.Silva is's a great partnership. Others are more shaky in a back 4, Christensen can do the job but he's the best in a back 3 for us, Zouma in a back 4 was often insecure with the ball and the positioning of Rudiger and Alonso defensively wasn't good.

But Chilwell-T.Silva-Kounde-James is a stable back line both for defending and with possession, even if James is still developing the qualities of Kounde helps there. 

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3 hours ago, Strider6003 said:

Got a feeling with the current form of Chalobah that we won't go for Kounde. 

I think just Lukaku now and money to spend in December/ Jan if we need it.

Nice to see Tuchel put on the subs late today.

Those 4mins for Emerson was really good to see 😂

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13 hours ago, Ernie_blue said:

Those 4mins for Emerson was really good to see 😂

Well. The player will take the bonus for that and will be happy in the next time when he will probably sit on the bench while watching Alonso and Chilwell on the pitch.

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8 hours ago, TheGermanOne said:

Well. The player will take the bonus for that and will be happy in the next time when he will probably sit on the bench while watching Alonso and Chilwell on the pitch.

Im sure 4mins makes a big difference 😉

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Long but worthwhile read, from the Athletic:

Dancing, double sessions and the Backstreet Boys - how Tuchel got Chelsea ready for the season.

Chelseas start to the season couldnt have gone much better. Played two, won two and a first trophy the UEFA Super Cup already in the cabinet.

It is already a positive indication of the work coach Thomas Tuchel put in during pre-season, his first as Chelsea coach having taken over in January this year.

Tuchel had obviously proved himself as a top manager to his players, let alone the outside world, by taking Chelsea to a Champions League triumph in May. But those weeks leading up to the start of the 2021-22 campaign has provided even more insight into how the 47-year-old likes to operate.

As he has pointed out in press conferences, it hasnt been easy. Chelseas vast contingent of returning loan players, fringe talent and academy prospects meant he has been having to organise up to 42 players at one time or another. But speaking to club insiders and people close to the situation, a picture emerges of a man who is relishing the job.

This is not an individual who is basking in the glow of beating Manchester City in Porto. As one source tells The Athletic: "He has treated pre-season like an open canvas. He was telling the boys, Look, dont think because we won the Champions League, thats it. There are players who he has looked at, who perhaps he isnt seen much of, with fresh eyes. That has been noticeable for someone like Trevoh Chalobah.

"He went into it telling people, This is your chance to shine. He has been saying this in front of the group. He was letting them know. He doesnt like people to feel comfortable. Hes going to make your life a living hell if you think youre just going to come back from your break and play in the first team.

"One of his messages to players is he wants to see them work harder, drive harder. He has said it openly in some of the press conferences, like his comments about Ruben Loftus-Cheek after the Arsenal friendly (said he wants the midfielder to keep on going 150 per cent because 100 per cent is not enough). But he says it to their faces as well. No-one can be comfortable, he wants to see more and more."

Clearly for a lot of those involved while internationals were on holiday following their exploits at the European Championship, or the Copa America in Thiago Silvas case, there was little chance of forcing their way into the senior squad. Big money transfer disappointments of yesteryear like Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who cost £90 million between them, havent been given a squad number and told to organise moves elsewhere.

Having so many players facing inevitable disappointment could have led to a toxic atmosphere in the camp. Far from it. Footage from Chelseas camp in Ireland showed the kind of spirit Tuchel generated. In one training drill between two teams, he said the losing side would have to perform a Backstreet Boys song in front of everyone before dinner.

"This wasnt the only thing hes done to keep things fun," another insider added. "Theres been more singing and dancing, basketball competitions. Everyone is buzzing. Players feel like theyve benefitted from the first opportunity to work on things over a concerted period. They didnt have that last season because it was fixture after fixture when he arrived. They have got to work under him, go away with him. Players have got to see even more that he is cool, a nice guy." 

Undoubtedly you will always find someone who have feelings of angst or resentment. That is normal, especially when youre not being given enough minutes or being picked in what you think is your best position. But there does seem to be a lot of respect for the man in charge regardless.

With such a large squad at his disposal and at different levels physically, he has had no choice but to split them up into three or four groups. The former Paris Saint-Germain manager has leaned heavily on his fitness coaches to draw up a programme to suit each section. He is thought to be very happy with the contribution theyve made.

Understandably there will have been a temptation to bring all the internationals, the ones who made up the majority of the first team, back into the fold as soon as possible. But Tuchel made a point of pulling individuals to one side, explaining that he would be careful with them and not look to rush them back. As its turned out, some were clearly too important to ignore like Jorginho and Mason Mount, who were involved in the European Championship final on July 11 and yet started Chelseas 3-0 win over Crystal Palace having come on as substitutes in the Super Cup final three days before.

Keeping harmony in the camp appears to have been one of his main goals. "He has just been really chilled out," a source reveals. "He had to go to Ireland with a group where the majority knew they wouldnt be playing for him. But he kept a really positive vibe, you would see his arm around players offering words of encouragement. 

"Tuchel is very meticulous in his planning, but it was not regimented. It was not a set group and the rest havent felt included. People would come in and out. He took double sessions but you would see one group working on something in the morning and then hed change it up in the afternoon. He has kept everyone on their toes. It is a contrast to some previous managers who just concentrated on their trusted lieutenants and didnt interact so much with the others.

"He was also involved in every element of the session and did a lot of one-on-one stuff. He was very vocal with specific players giving them instructions and would occasionally stop training, put an arm around someone and tell them whats what."

Tuchels positive mood is infectious but it helps that he is in such a happy place himself. Signing a contract extension until 2024 in June has provided a bit more stability, well as much as one can get when being in the dugout at Chelsea.

Significantly, he is no longer living in a hotel and has moved into a house with his wife and two children. They had to remain behind in France when Tuchel took the Chelsea job.

As he said last week: "Work is work and family is family but of course now that I have found a house I dont live in a hotel anymore, it makes life much more enjoyable."

When Tuchel was appointed, much was made about how he had had altercations with all his former employers at Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and PSG before he left. Given Chelseas track record of hiring and firing managers, it didnt exactly sound like a marriage made in heaven.

But so far so good and not just because Tuchel has won two bits of silverware. For example, the transfer market. Chelsea have only just completed their first significant signing of the summer with the £97.5 million acquisition of forward Romelu Lukaku. It has taken a long time for the club to get their man, so much so the Belgian has missed pre-season and the opening matches.

It has been noted how some coaches in the past would have caused a tense atmosphere during the close season over the lack of early business. But Tuchel, who insisted on his arrival that he had learned from mistakes made in the past and had changed his ways, has stayed true to his word. Communication with director Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech, Chelseas technical and performance advisor, has remained relaxed throughout. Tuchel was hoping all along to get two or three players to improve the side but was said to be fairly relaxed if it didnt happen. He is obviously pleased the Lukaku deal came good though.

Such is Tuchels demeanour around the place, one source describes it as "like hes been around for years rather than six months". Tuchel is also content delighted that he is left to his own devices when taking training sessions. This is in stark contrast to his experiences at PSG and Dortmund. It is understood he already regards Chelsea as the best club he has ever been employed at. He and his staff have enjoyed having a kickabout with some of the non-football staff.

One always feels wary when writing about managers enjoying their life at Chelsea this much because it is a club where things can change very quickly like the wind.

The Champions League success has raised expectations, not just among the fans but the hierarchy too, even more so following the investment in Lukaku.

Tuchel has been doing his utmost to keep appraisal of the situation under control. He accepts they are title contenders, which is why he has been talking about Chelsea being "the hunters". Yet he regards winning the Champions League as very much ahead of schedule and is wary that the majority of this group werent involved in the clubs last Premier League triumph in 2017.

What many fans want to know is if he has been trying some alternative formations. Sources have confirmed he has looked at four at the back as well as his favoured three-man defence system. It is understood attacking players have been tried out in various roles. This is why youve seen Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi at wing-back as well as further up the field.

Predominantly stamina seems to be the priority. "Tuchel worked on fitness big time," one source explains to The Athletic. "There has been a lot of running, looking at number stats. Ultimately, to play the way he wants to play, you have to be super fit. You have to go up and down that pitch. Forward press, side to side, its a demanding shape no matter what position you have. For example, he asked one of the players to be more aggressive in his play, more ambitious, play with more spark and he got a reaction. 

"Training has been more intense than what they were used to under him last season. The intensity was frightening. Double sessions every day for two weeks."

It is a measure of Chelseas complicated preparations that Tuchel arranged a friendly behind closed doors against National League side Weymouth FC on Sunday to give people like Thiago Silva and Hudson-Odoi a run-out.

Tuchel doesnt expect his men to be fully up to speed until after the next international break. They cant afford a slow start to the campaign as they have tough fixtures against Arsenal and Liverpool before that interlude, then Aston Villa, Tottenham and Manchester City after it.

But the Chelseas manager couldnt have done much more in the circumstances to put them on the right path.
 

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7 hours ago, mojo said:

what a read

Is indeed. It is nice to enjoy the romantic notion that a Chelsea manager could remain for the long run, he is a genuinely likeable guy and a top manager.

But we have seen it too many times before. The players get bored of the managers methods, the message is no longer well received, the tactics are top ridged. Those left out become problems in the dressing room. 

Results faulter, our place in the top 4 is at risk and Roman acts. We just enjoy the ride while it lasts.

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So we have a pretty alarming situation with our midfielders. We have Jorginho, Kante and Kovacic currently in rotation. And that is for 2 spots. 60+ games a season ahead of us. Ruben was not included in the Super Cup squad and he hasn't been seen anywhere near the field in weeks. There is also zero rumours linking midfielders to Chelsea. 

Any solutions? Is Ruben still in Tuchel's plans? 

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4 hours ago, evissy said:

So we have a pretty alarming situation with our midfielders. We have Jorginho, Kante and Kovacic currently in rotation. And that is for 2 spots. 60+ games a season ahead of us. Ruben was not included in the Super Cup squad and he hasn't been seen anywhere near the field in weeks. There is also zero rumours linking midfielders to Chelsea. 

Any solutions? Is Ruben still in Tuchel's plans? 

Ruben has Covid

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