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The first thing Thomas Tuchel did to the Chelsea team was change the shape of the team.
The new Blues boss admitted that he decided to change the shape of the team while on the plane heading to London.
Tuchel went for a 3-4-2-1 system, and it has helped boost Chelsea’s fortunes immediately. Chelsea have won three of their four games under Tuchel, and have kept a clean sheet in three of those games.
Rather than take credit for the turnaround in results and the defensive solidity, Tuchel rather hailed the players for their quality and also their determination on the training ground.
The Blues boss said ahead of the FA Cup clash with Barnsley: “I’m very pleased with the quality I see and with the mentality I see and with the team performances because it is always a team effort and we have seen the quality of the players.
“Of course we want to help and guide them but in the end it is down to the quality and the determination and the mentality to stick to a game plan and to help each other out and to attack together and defend together.
“This is what we have seen and in terms of all these segments I see a lot of quality and I’m very happy with the attitude, the mentality and the energy we show on the pitch. This is a good start and if we can manage to show some patterns it will help us to increase the amount of attacks, it will help us to play faster because everybody gets used to it. It will help us to keep the game fast and to bring the intensity.
“But how it is played is the most important thing and that is how the players play, it is their credit and this is a very high level that we find here in the dressing room and on the pitch. It is now on us to keep this momentum going.”