The victims of Tuchel

The German's streak passed the acid test of the Champions League, but confirmed that there are a number of players who must row a lot if they want to have minutes.


Nobody is aware that Thomas Tuchel has revitalized Chelsea. The numbers speak for themselves. Eight games, six wins and two draws. The last triumph has been of a lot of packaging. A tremendous scissors from Giroud placed the final 0-1 against Atleti in Bucharest and they will face the second leg of the Champions League with the great advantage of scoring away from home. However, the confrontation against the rojiblancos confirmed that there are a number of players who will have to break a lot of stone to change their situation with that of Krumbach.

Tuchel has found his system, the 1-3-4-1-2. That is, Mendy in goal. Three centrals: Rüdiger, Thiago Silva (against Atleti Christensen due to the Brazilian's injury) and Azpilicueta. Two struggling midfielders but a good footing: Kovacic and Jorginho. Accompanied by this couple by Marcos Alonso and Hudson-Odoi (or Reece James). Mason Mount as top ten and football generator. And Werner accompanied by a '9', see Giroud or Abraham (the French seems to be ahead in important matches). This scheme seems immovable right now. Therefore, there is a group of footballers who are habitual inhabitants of the bench: Kepa, Havertz, Kanté, Pulisic, Ziyech, Chilwell ...

In fact, against Atleti, the Chelsea bench was loaded with millions invested. In total, about 375.5 if we take into account the figures handled by the specialized portal Transfermarkt. By price order, Havertz (81 million euros), Kepa (80), Pulisic (64), Chilwell (40), Ziyech (40), Kanté (36), Emerson Palmieri (20), Zouma (14.5) and Caballero (free) were accompanied in the call by three products from the quarry as Reece James, Billy Gilmour and Tammy Abraham. Many carats, some of them large affected by the changes introduced by Tuchel.

Mount, a wall for Havertz and Pulisic

Titanic bets in many cases that at the moment do not finish curdling. The loudest, by economic amount, are those of Kepa and Havertz. The Spaniard, pointed out by Lampard, seems to have recovered part of the lost credit with his last performances, as Tuchel pardoned him and lined him up in both the FA Cup and the Premier. However, when the moment of truth has come, Mendy has once again been number one for the German coach as he was for the English. Havertz, for his part, maintains the same status he had before the manager change. Neither one nor the other find him a hole in the eleven. The reason has a name: Mason. And last name: Mount. The youth squad is being the best player on the team and does not lower the level, leaving the star signing of the summer, along with Werner, in a difficult position. Tuchel arrived, among other things, to revitalize his compatriots. So far, he's only half done ... 444 444Chilwell and Kanté, great victims

The next four of the previous list can be considered true victims with the arrival of the former PSG. Pulisic, when injuries allowed, was indisputable for Lampard. However, he accumulated seven consecutive starts until Tuchel put him in front. The change of system has left him without room. Their natural habitat, the band, is now occupied by the lanes and the playmaker position we already know who occupies it. For this reason, he has only been part of the eleven in the FA Cup against Barnsley, he has not played any minute in the last three league games and against Atleti he entered the 87'.

A change of situation that experienced by Pulisic that Chilwell is familiar with. The left-back, another of the high-sounding signings of the summer, was indisputable and his performances did not invite a loss of position. However, the offensive power of Marcos Alonso, which is enhanced by the three centrals and the absence of a winger, clearly tip the balance in favor of the Spanish: two games played out of eight possible is the result of what is detailed here. Something very similar to what happened with Kanté, considered by many to be one of the best stoppers on the planet, Jorginho and Kovacic close the door to ownership with Tuchel and their star seems to be fading. Two starts in eight games, like Chilwell, but in his case it is usual for him to refresh the legs of teammates in the second half.Ziyech, a complicated case

Finally, the case of a Ziyech that started out as a rocket with Lampard but lost flight even before the new technician arrived. The Moroccan, just a few months after leaving Ajax, considers a change of scene in the summer due to his gradual loss of prominence. Something should not have liked Tuchel against Wolves, since after starting at the German premiere he chained four games without dressing short. Also, like Havertz and Pulisic, the scheme and Mount block his way. The FA Cup was an oasis (starter) and in the last league match (Southampton) and against Atleti it has barely accumulated 30 minutes in total.

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