Tuchel pleased with Chelsea debut

    Newly-appointed Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has ‘enjoyed’ his first game in charge despite seeing his side fail to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers.

    Chelsea only sat Tuchel in the dugout on Tuesday after severing ties with predecessor Frank Lampard a day earlier. It’s been a hectic 24 hours for the German manager, who had to hold one training session before meeting Wolves. Indeed, the former Paris Saint-Germain tactician has had virtually no time to get familiar with the players and prepare tactics for the Premier League showdown against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. Therefore, it came as no surprise that Chelsea failed to live up to expectations at Tuchel’s debut.

    Wolves arrived in London with a single purpose – to avoid defeat at all costs. The Wanderers did accomplish their objective, holding Chelsea to a dismal goalless draw. Tuchel’s men enjoyed a staggering 79% ball possession but struggled to put Rui Patricio to the real test on many occasions. Clear-cut opportunities were at a premium at Stamford Bridge, though the hosts saw better of them. Callum Hudson-Odoi came closest to scoring for the Blues, but Patricio pulled out a remarkable save to deny the Englishman in the 86th minute.

    The draw leaves Chelsea at a single victory in their last six Premier League fixtures (D2, L3). Furthermore, the London giants now trail fourth-placed West Ham United by five points but remain genuine contenders for a top-four finish.

    Despite failing to kick-start his adventure at Chelsea on a high note, Tuchel is confident his players have the right mindset to dig themselves out of trouble.

    “I enjoyed it a lot because I was very happy with the intensity, the attitude, energy, and quality of my team,” he told BBC. “We were well organized, had a lot of ball recoveries in the last third, never lacked intensity.

    “We stepped up minute after minute in the second half. I was very happy performance-wise. Unfortunately, we couldn’t score. If we take care of our performance like this, the results will come.

    “It reminded me a bit of our games in Dortmund. We had a very good training session yesterday, 21 guys who were totally awake to try to do what we are doing – tactically, structure, where to accelerate the game, how to defend – I didn’t expect it to be on this level from one training and two meetings. It gives me a good feeling for the future.”


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