Tuchel hails his assistant manager for match changing tactics against Malmo

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Chelsea played out a 1-0 win away from home against group minnows Sweden, as the game against Malmo ended in a narrow win for Chelsea.

Callum Hudson-Odoi assisted the goal for Hakim Ziyech to score in the second half in what was a very fine move.

Chelsea couldn’t penetrate the Malmo defence in the first half, and Thomas Tuchel had to switch Hudson-Odoi and Ziyech’s position, with Ziyech moving to the left and Hudson-Odoi to the right.

Tuchel has hailed his assistant Arno Michels for coming up with the idea to swap the duo and believes that it worked perfectly.

“All the credit to my assistant Arno [Michels]. He had the idea at half-time. We liked it,” Tuchel said.

“We had the feeling when we enter into the space behind the back five we maybe lose some important seconds when Hakim has to switch the ball back on his left foot, and Callum has to switch back on his right foot, and the number eight was closing space.

“We thought maybe we could save a second or a tenth of a second, and we had a breakthrough on the half-position.

“Callum could deliver precisely, it was a good ball in, and I’m happy.”

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