‘It’s been an underwhelming season’ – Frank Lampard’s former assistant claims Chelsea have struggled under Tuchel this season

Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard midway through last season, and he guided a struggling team to finish in top four, win the Champions League and also reach the final of the FA Cup.

This season, Chelsea are set to finish 3rd in the league, the Blues narrowly lost to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final, Chelsea reached the quarter-final of the Champions League and the Blues are in the semi-final of the FA Cup.

However, former Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris feels it has been an underwhelming season for Chelsea, as Thomas Tuchel’s side couldn’t build on the success of last season.

“On a whole I’d say this season has been slightly underwhelming for Chelsea, especially considering how strong they finished last year,” Morris said, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at the launch of their 5-A-Side bet on Chelsea v Crystal Palace.

“If you look at them defensively when Thomas Tuchel took over, they looked so solid – and then to go on and achieve what they did by winning the Champions League; you’d have been right to have had high hopes for them at the start of this season with the signing of Romelu Lukaku.

“You thought maybe that might have been the missing jigsaw piece that could have elevated them to the levels of Manchester City and Liverpool.

“I wasn’t getting too carried away by the team at the beginning of the season, because I felt that they were giving up a lot of chances in games – and even though they weren’t conceding many goals, I thought Edouard Mendy was their best player in those opening eight or nine games.

“For a team that was as solid as they were defensively at the back end of last season, I felt that was a slightly worrying sign. Ultimately, I think that’s kicked in on too many occasions this season; the minute Mendy has an off game, they were conceding goals far too easily.

“Even at the start of the season, when Lukaku was scoring, I still felt the team could’ve done more; when you look at the players the manager has got at his disposal, it’s fair to say you should be expecting the team to create a lot more chances than they have done.

“You could even say that, as far as performances are concerned, you’d still say there’s a hell of a gap between Chelsea and the top two in the division. Obviously, the aim this year would have been to close that gap, so on that front you’d have to say it’s been pretty disappointing.

“That being said, under Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea do seem to win the games that matter, and you wouldn’t count Chelsea out of finishing the season with a trophy.”

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