How Tuchel Used Pain Of Juventus Defeat To Refine His Chelsea Approach

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“It was a moment to shake things up but not in a crazy way,” Thomas Tuchel says, looking back on the fallout from Chelsea’s 1-0 Champions League defeat at Juventus on 29 September. And yet it was certainly in a forensic way, heavy on soul-searching and argument. So perhaps a little crazy? “It’s not about being super angry or blaming somebody but it was the moment to turn every stone and this is what we did for the next days in the coaching office,” the manager adds.

“To find the mix between being honest and critical but also supportive, to show a way out of this in which we believe and which suits us. With the help of the team, with the openness of the team and the mentality, we did it.”

Chelsea had traveled to Turin fresh off a 1-0 Premier League loss at home to Manchester City, and Juventus’ performance was characterised by a lack of sharpness and confidence. It was too often safe, sideways, and slow, with scarce little penetration.

Take a look at Chelsea right now, particularly what they did against Juventus in the Group H rematch on Tuesday night. High-tempo front-foot football, intelligent angles of attack, and suffocating pressing were all part of the 4-0 demolition of the Serie A powers. Chelsea could celebrate a ninth win in ten games once Juventus’ ordeal was done (including the Carabao Cup penalty shootout victory over Southampton). Burnley drew 1-1 at home in the other game.

source : Guardian sport

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