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Chelsea’s defence has been rock solid under Thomas Tuchel. The new gaffer is yet to lose a game in all competitions since his appointment as the Chelsea manager.
In ten games in charge, Chelsea have won 7 and drawn 3. The most striking change in the Chelsea team that fans and pundits have noticed is the defensive solidity that the team has experienced.
Tuchel’s side have only conceded twice in eight league games, which is a remarkable feat for a side that was conceding goals for fun in the past.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has become a mainstay in the Blues defence under Tuchel, and the German international has hailed the team’s tactics as a result of the defensive improvement.
According to Rudiger, the team’s ability to press from high up the pitch, is a major factor in Chelsea’s game play.
“Things are going well but we can always change shape to suit the game,” Rudiger told the official Chelsea website.
“It depends on what the coach wants. You can play three at the back and sit but you can also play three at the back and press high.
“We always said that the defensive work starts from the front and that’s why I said we all did well the other night. At some point, against a team like Liverpool, you also have to sit back but it’s no problem, we have to adapt to it which we did really well.
“The coach always speaks to us and he always tells us to play our football. Like we are at the moment, to keep pressing high. He is making us feel that we should always stay calm, never worry and he advises us exactly what to do and this is what we are doing.”