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According to Chelsea legend Ashley Cole, the difference between Frank Lampard’s Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea is the drop in number of unforced errors.
“It’s just more he gives the individual players a direction and instructions but you can see when they play he trusts his shape, he trusts his style of play and he trusts his players within that system and strategy,” Cole told Sky Sports ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League game against Arsenal.
“I think the big difference was, I’m sure of it, the unforced errors. I think they couldn’t stop crosses under Frank.
“Did they show that leadership quality at times? Thiago coming in has definitely helped that.”
“I had the pleasure to have a meeting with him [Tuchel] last week with a few of the academy staff just to get an insight into how he works on a daily basis,” Cole added.
“It was great to see. He’s got that happy environment, I think he’s got all players on side. They’ve got that work ethic and willingness to want to improve and get better. So I kind of see the way he works and understands.
“When I watch Chelsea I think, okay, I see these passing patterns and the way he sees football was brilliant for me as a young coach. I think he’s just got the players on side. The unforced errors have gone. So far he’s done a great job here and following on from this season hopefully next season will be even better.
“Coming into this job with the foundations that Frank left with him being able to play the younger players, he’s had that foundation now. Frank got the best out of the young players, I think at the time he gave them an opportunity and now Tuchel is relishing it and utilising the young players even more.
“You’re seeing some quality, quality young players. I think he came in thinking this was a great job, great time… and you are seeing Chelsea at their best at the moment.”