Thomas Tuchel’s forced training style reaps rewards at Chelsea after unbeaten start

It’s been a whirlwind two-and-a-half weeks for Thomas Tuchel since he took over at Chelsea, replacing Frank Lampard in charge of the team.

The German has already overseen five games in that spell, winning four and drawing the other, to give himself a strong start in the Premier League.

A move to the FA Cup quarter-finals was successfully negotiated on Thursday with a narrow 1-0 win over Barnsley while three consecutive league wins lifted the Blues from ninth to fifth in the table, just one point behind. of Liverpool in fourth position. in the next round of play.

Tuchel will be aiming to continue his unbeaten start against an injury-ravaged Newcastle side on Monday who come into the game after a vital 3-2 win over Southampton last time out.

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Considering the workload, it’s hard to remember that the German head coach has only been in England for two and a half weeks. .

Time at Cobham’s training ground has been invaluable for Tuchel as he has traveled the country for games and the head coach has admitted he is currently taking a ‘less is more’ approach to his diet in West London.

“Yes, it’s always a balancing act at the moment and that’s what we think about most of the time when we’re here at Cobham,” he said in his press conference before the Newcastle game.

“How many contributions do we receive? How much information do we put into the players?

“But in the end, less is more. It’s a very well-known phrase but less is more. It’s our management with the way we manage help and support, as we sometimes leave them alone for let them process their new moves, their approach or even just their performance and the approach of a new trainer.

“We try to adapt, we talk a lot and it’s constant management. It never stops and it will be like that in the next few months when we think about everything we can give to the team.

With coronavirus restrictions in place and Cobham being divided into bubbles and ‘zones’ as Tuchel calls them, the manager has been unable to enforce the rule on academy players who are not currently in the squad. first team setup.

It’s frustrating for Tuchel, but he said it won’t stop him from taking a keen interest in the younger generation on the training ground and said his office is still open – when the players are back. allowed to mingle.

“It’s harder than usual but my belief, I’ve always been of that at any club, the more guys we have that can make it to the first team, that’s something the fans love. “, he added.

“The young players, they absolutely care about Chelsea, they’ve been living it for many years and they’re living the spirit. It’s a good time and on the other hand it’s also the hardest path that they choose to do at Chelsea, Paris, Dortmund, it’s one of the toughest challenges you can have.”