Thomas Tuchel’s transformation of Chelsea has been nothing short of miraculous, after taking over from Frank Lampard in January, he has turned a squad of what we believed to be average players into European Champions and now one of the favourites for the Premier League title.
Players like Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho appeared to be coming to the end of their time at Chelsea are now permament fixtures in the starting XI and those who once appeared to be progressing (Kurt Zouma for example) have now been sold.
The summer transfer window saw Chelsea trim down their bloated 42 man squad and bring in funds that enabled them to purchase their one key target, a central striker, for a fee of less than £5 million, after you’ve balanced the outgoings.
Of course the loss of several academy players who decided to take the next step of their progression away from Stamford Bridge has upset some, but as I’ve said before, not all of them are going to make it, and the fact that we’ve still got the likes of Mason Mount, Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah in the first team shows that while making it at Chelsea is difficult, it’s not impossible.
Tuchel now has one of the best squads in the league, with added depth in every position, there were some concerns about the midfield, but the loan signing of Saul Niquez should negate that.
Chelsea probably shouldn’t have won the Champions League last season with that squad in that stage of their development, but we did because we had the added advantage of a world class coach on our side.
Now we’ve added Romelu Lukaku to the team, the club will be looking for even more success, not in a few years time, but instantly.
I was concerned about Tuchel’s arrival because he was following Lampard, but he’s said and done all the right things, I’ve fallen head over heels for him, and I’m not the only one, but Chelsea won’t think twice about getting rid of him if he doesn’t provide further success.
And it’s crazy when you think about it, the man’s just won the Champions League, yet if he goes trophy-less this season, he’ll be under so much pressure, but that’s Chelsea, chaos and trophies.
Tuchel has commented about the wonderful working environment at Chelsea, but that’s because things are going well, I wonder if he’ll feel the same if we loss a few games on the spin?
Having said that, I just don’t see that happening, even with a referee against us we still didn’t lose. Tuchel is a genius and he is the master of maximising the output of his players, just look at the UEFA Player of the Year, Jorginho!
We’re going to win the lot, Tuchel will go down as our greatest ever manager, eclipsing the work of Jose Mourinho, and it won’t be long until we’ve got three stars on our shirt.