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Tuchel says he made his mark on Chelsea in just one session

New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says he saw the fruits of his very limited labours during his f...
Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

21.28 27 Jan 2021


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Tuchel says he made his mark on Chelsea in just one session

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

21.28 27 Jan 2021


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New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says he saw the fruits of his very limited labours during his first match in charge. 

The Blues were held to a goalless draw by Wolves at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel only managed to take charge of one training session following his appointment as Frank Lampard's replacement.

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But the German says he could see that the players had already taken on board his methods.

"When I look at this game today, I am pretty amazed as I can totally identify with what I did [in training]," Tuchel said after the game.

"I would have liked a stadium full of supporters here and we saw 16 recoveries in the last third which is pretty amazing for the intensity and energy on the pitch.

"We managed to put the game completely in the opponents half, we managed to stop counter-attacks very early, we created a lot of half-chances.

"Every minute there were more chances. For every preparation for a game, less is more!

"This was clearly what happened for this game. I have to say the staff at Cobham gave us a lot of information and did an amazing job of analysing Wolverhampton and preparing the set-pieces for our team."

Tuchel dropped Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic to the bench for Wednesday night's game.

But the ex-Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain head coach conceded, "It was a totally unfair lineup today because I had no reason to leave anybody out so from now on, it is the starting point and we will absolutely focus on our strengths and the qualities that we absolutely have and build a team that nobody wants to play against."

Despite the underwhelming performances in the dying embers of Lampard's reign, Tuchel claims there isn't much that needs tweaking at Chelsea.

Asked what he wants to see from his side, he said, "Where we want to accelerate, the game, close spaces, how we want to defend, attack.

"This made me feel very, very good honestly because this is what you wish for. This is the level now and we can start working on the details.

"We can prepare for Burnley and that's what we'll do."

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