Tuchel explains why he opted for a 3-4-2-1 system. Would it work against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham?

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New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was appointed as club boss less than 24 hours before his first game in charge of the club, after arriving on an initial 18-month contract. 

The German gaffer barely had a day of training with his players, and opted to play a 3 at the back system.

Tuchel has now revealed that the idea for the formation came when he was still on the plane to the UK, and he chose it to make the team compact, as Chelsea’s defence had been leaky in previous games.

The new boss said: “We just had one training session before the Wolves game. We were flying in on the same day and wondering what structure to implement to give the team a good feeling, and to have a solid block defensively but also to attack freely.

“To play with four you have to be very disciplined, and the automatisms between the line of four have to be very synchronised.”

It has been so far so good for Chelsea under Tuchel, and one can wonder if he’d employ same tactics against Tottenham.

Jose Mourinho will line up his side in his usual pragmatic manner, and I won’t be surprised if he goes for a 3-4-3 formation as well.

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