Although Frank Lampard was the man in charge when Chelsea finished top of their Champions League group ahead of Sevilla, he’s since been replaced by Thomas Tuchel after Chelsea endured a torrid run of form.
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Now with Tuchel at the helm, the German manager’s done an exceptional job of bringing some positivity back to Stamford Bridge, for he’s hit the ground running. Instilling an interesting 3-2-4-1/3-4-2-1 formation from the outset, the tactically sophisticated boss, who notably led Paris Saint-Germain to the Champions League final last term, has crucially won four of his five matches in charge.
Already we’ve seen some encouraging developments from his strategy, as Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic have formed an impressive partnership in central midfield while the likes of Mason Mount, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Olivier Giroud have shown signs of fitting in to the new system well.
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Facing challenging matches with Newcastle United and Southampton in the league up next, Tuchel will then face his biggest test when Chelsea play Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16. Although they’ll head into the clash as slight favourites, with them priced at 1.81 compared to Atletico at 1.91, Chelsea will have their work cut out defeating Diego Simeone’s men.
Playing fantastically well and topping La Liga by eight points with a game in hand, Los Colchoneros have been exceptional so far this term. So hard to break down defensively and with Luis Suarez in devastating scoring form, they’re unquestionably a force to be reckoned with.
Considering Atletico have the best defensive record in La Liga (only conceded 13 in 21 games) and the second best attack (scored 44), Chelsea will need to be at their best to beat the outstanding Madrid based outfit.
With the first leg coming away from home at the Wanda Metropolitano, Chelsea will be eager to score a vital away goal to give them a huge boost heading into the home leg.
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Set to be a stern examination to see how far they’ve come under Tuchel, you can guarantee the master tactician will have his team extremely well prepared to face off with one of Europe’s elite outfits.
In what will be a captivating clash of the titans, watching the tie unfold will be must see viewing for football fans all over the world.