Has Tuchel turned Chelsea into a defensive side? Read what Azpilicueta has to say

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The Chelsea defence under Thomas Tuchel has been very impenetrable, as the German has guided Chelsea to become one of the most solid teams in Europe.

Chelsea are yet to lose a game under Tuchel, and have conceded just twice in 14 matches in all competitions, keeping 12 clean sheets in the process.

As a matter of fact, only one outfield player has scored past the Chelsea defence, with the other goal coming as a result of an Antonio Rudiger own goal.

Tuchel fields Chelsea in a 3-4-3 system, and many tend to think that Tuchel’s Chelsea are a very defensive side. But Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta doesn’t think so, as he admits that the team plays a more balanced football, from defence to attack.

Azpilicueta told Chelsea’s matchday programme: “Well, being defensive? There is lots of opinions on that.

“Some might think that being defensive is just to have the team as deep as you can and put a lot of bodies in the way, but our way of defending has been completely different,’ he told us.

“We’ve been trying to be in the other half of the pitch, to push them deep and recover the ball as quick as we can, to not allow counterattack.

“The further the opponents are from our box, the less dangerous they are – that’s obvious. ‘It’s down also to the hard work of the whole team, especially the attacking players, because when we lose the ball, that first reaction has been really, really helpful for everybody.

“The intensity and the focus from everybody is the same, from the goalkeeper to the centre-forward.

“We are all thinking the same way and we cannot drop that.

“The further the opponents are from our box, the less dangerous they are – that’s obvious.

“It’s down also to the hard work of the whole team, especially the attacking players, because when we lose the ball, that first reaction has been really, really helpful for everybody.

“The intensity and the focus from everybody is the same, from the goalkeeper to the centre-forward. We are all thinking the same way and we cannot drop that.”

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