Chelsea: How Thomas Tuchel can get more out of his Chelsea attack

Thomas Tuchel has steadied the ship at Chelsea. Unbeaten in his first 10 Premier League video games – with 4 straight clear sheets – the Blues are actually among the many favourites for a top-four spot – however one situation stays.

Up entrance, Chelsea are nonetheless struggling for objectives. It is an issue that helped carry an finish to Frank Lampard’s reign at Stamford Bridge and Tuchel’s aspect have netted simply 13 instances within the 12 matches he has taken cost of. Their newest clean got here in a disappointing 0-0 draw at Leeds on Saturday.

At Elland Road, Chelsea’s finest likelihood of the afternoon got here when Leeds defender Luke Ayling slammed a clearance into team-mate Diego Llorente, with the ball coming off the bar. It highlighted the Blues’ incapacity to create their very own possibilities.

Thomas Tuchel is unbeaten in 12 video games as Chelsea boss – however his crew is struggling to attain

The west Londoners have netted just 13 times in the 12 matches Tuchel has been in charge

The west Londoners have netted simply 13 instances within the 12 matches Tuchel has been in cost

Tuchel has performed quite a bit proper at Stamford Bridge. The defence look strong and have conceded simply twice within the league for the reason that German’s appointment. No Premier League supervisor has seen his aspect concede much less of their first ten video games in England’s top-flight. 

But on the high finish of the pitch, Sportsmail takes a take a look at 5 potential choices which may enable Tuchel’s Chelsea to lastly begin scoring once more.


Tuchel’s record-equalling begin to life at Stamford Bridge has been spectacular, partly as a result of how typically he has rotated his beginning XI. 

The German has made 39 adjustments to date this season and no Premier League supervisor has made more of their first ten video games in cost. 

Tuchel (right) has tinkered with his Chelsea side 39 times since he joined - more than any boss

Tuchel (proper) has tinkered with his Chelsea aspect 39 instances since he joined – more than any boss

Tuchel is famed for tinkering with his aspect on a game-by-game foundation, nevertheless it may very well be one of the the explanation why they’re struggling for objectives. The totally different personnel throughout Chelsea’s entrance three means there are only a few alternatives for strikers to get a correct run within the aspect to develop type. 

Tuchel’s first match noticed Olivier Giroud begin within the central hanging function, however the two video games after that noticed Tammy Abraham, then Timo Werner, start via the center. The three have rotated since then, earlier than a brand new determine is available in. 

Kai Havertz is presently the central determine within the entrance three, having began within the final two video games. If Tuchel’s begin at Chelsea is something to go by, it can solely be a matter of time earlier than the £89million signing finally ends up again on the bench or pushed out broad. 

Kai Havertz (left) is still without a goal in 2021 but is starting to show some promise up front

Kai Havertz (left) continues to be with no objective in 2021 however is beginning to present some promise up entrance

But Tuchel would do nicely to keep in mind that the 21-year-old has struggled with a brand new league, poor type beneath Lampard and coronavirus since becoming a member of from Bayer Leverkusen – and that his promising shows in Chelsea’s final two video games ought to be an indication of encouragement, regardless of the shortage of objectives.

The German assisted each of the Blues’ objectives towards Everton final Monday – forcing an personal objective and being introduced down for a penalty – and solely a positive cease from Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier denied him a primary Premier League objective in 2021. Havertz is warming up, now will not be the time to be rotating him usually. 

Atletico Madrid await for Chelsea on Wednesday night time within the Champions League last-16 second-leg. Havertz ought to be given the prospect to get on the scoresheet to build on his current shows. 


At first look it appeared like Callum Hudson-Odoi can be used as a wing-back in Chelsea’s 3-4-2-1 formation, however Tuchel could also be tempted to make use of the England worldwide in a central function behind the striker given his current shows. 

Against Everton final Monday, Hudson-Odoi performed on the left-hand aspect of Havertz, however the onrushing runs of wing-back Marcos Alonso meant the 20-year-old was pushed contained in the pitch more. 

Callum Hudson-Odoi benefited from a more central role against Everton last Monday night

Callum Hudson-Odoi benefited from a more central function towards Everton final Monday night time

The Chelsea man was a nightmare for Everton’s central midfielders, who struggled to cope with the direct working he produced via the center. 

It was this tempo and energy that performed a significant function in Everton dropping deep for Chelsea’s first objective, with Hudson-Odoi feeding Alonso down the left with Havertz’s shot entering into off Ben Godfrey and previous Jordan Pickford.

The teen’s affect continued within the second interval. The same transfer noticed him make a deep cross for Havertz who fired into the online, just for VAR to rule out the objective for handball. 

The Blues rotated for the journey to Leeds, giving Hudson-Odoi simply 11 minutes to have an effect on a match that was hurtling in direction of a goalless draw. If the England worldwide had began, the Blues might have had more promise within the remaining third.  


Life should be so irritating for Giroud at Stamford Bridge. He’s comes into the Chelsea crew, scores, then is left out once more. 

The 34-year-old was barely given a look-in by Lampard within the opening eight weeks of the season and by the point the previous Chelsea boss relented and allowed Giroud’s objectives to enhance his aspect, the writing was on the wall. 

Olivier Giroud has been left on the bench for Chelsea's last three Premier League games

Olivier Giroud has been left on the bench for Chelsea’s final three Premier League video games

Under Tuchel, Giroud has been given possibilities however has began simply as soon as since his gorgeous bicycle-kick winner towards Atletico Madrid on the finish of February and has been left as an unused substitute for the Blues’ final three league video games. 

Havertz ought to preserve his place within the central hanging function however Chelsea’s subsequent 5 video games are arrange properly for Giroud to begin from the get-go – they’re all towards sides who’re more likely to sit deep. 

Tuchel’s Blues tackle counter-attacking outfit in Atleti in midweek, earlier than going through Sheffield United within the FA Cup quarter-finals at residence. After the worldwide break, Chelsea have league matches with West Brom, Crystal Palace and Brighton.

The Frenchman has started once since his acrobatic winner against Atletico Madrid last month

The Frenchman has began as soon as since his acrobatic winner towards Atletico Madrid final month

Giroud is a nightmare to defend against in the area so may be useful in Chelsea's next games

Giroud is a nightmare to defend towards within the space so could also be helpful in Chelsea’s subsequent video games

The west Londoners shall be tasked with breaking down every of these groups, which means there’s little house in behind for Timo Werner and Havertz to function. 

Giroud has been a nightmare within the penalty space towards deep defences all through his whole Premier League career, which means the quintet of matches will go well with him properly.

When the Blues tackle sides with a excessive line, reminiscent of Liverpool or Arsenal for instance, Giroud won’t be needed. 


After 11 video games of Tuchel’s famed 3-4-2-1 formation, Saturday lunchtime’s conflict at Leeds was the primary indication of Chelsea shifting in direction of a again 4 system. 

Christian Pulisic was typically caught too excessive up the pitch to be thought of a wing-back within the entrance three, and Cesar Azpilicueta acquired ahead in his ordinary method at Elland Road. 

Tuchel might discover {that a} again 4 would unlock an area for an additional attacking midfielder additional up the pitch, which may add to the Blues’ artistic choices.

Tuchel first showed signs he could use a back four in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Leeds

Tuchel first confirmed indicators he may use a again 4 in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Leeds

Chelsea definitely have the personnel to do that. The likes of Mason Mount, Werner, Hudson-Odoi and Havertz can play in any of the entrance 4 positions, which may assist Tuchel’s aspect turn into more unpredictable and adventurous within the remaining third. 

The Blues’ London rivals Arsenal discovered this out the laborious approach when the Gunners scored only one objective from open play between the beginning of October and the center of December – a run of seven Premier League video games.

Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta abolished the back-three system Arsenal used and launched the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard into the first-team image – and the north Londoners’ efficiency ranges have improved since.  


If Tuchel believes his trusted 3-4-2-1 system will not be working, then maybe one other change in personnel is required. One space the place he may make adjustments is the left wing-back function, which has been contested by Alonso and Ben Chilwell.

Alonso, who was exiled by former boss Lampard earlier than Tuchel’s arrival, has been introduced again into the fold and has rewarded Chelsea’s new head coach with some promising shows. 

Ben Chilwell joined Chelsea in a £50million transfer from Leicester City last summer...

... but the Blues are far more dangerous when Marcos Alonso plays in the Premier League

Chelsea are far more harmful when Marcos Alonso (proper) performs over Ben Chilwell (left)


Marcos Alonso (30)

Premier League video games: 6

Goals: 1

Times Chelsea have scored: 9


Ben Chilwell (24)

Premier League video games: 5

Goals: 0

Times Chelsea have scored: 3

Alonso scored in Tuchel’s first residence match towards Burnley and set the usual for Chilwell to observe with an excellent run-out towards Everton final week. 

The 30-year-old performed a vital function within the Blues’ first-goal and practically acquired in on the act himself later within the first-half – solely a surprising save from Jordan Pickford denied Alonso’s one-on-one after some spectacular working from deep. 

Chilwell was tasked with replicating that show towards Leeds on Saturday however the England worldwide failed in his stand-in look. 

The 24-year-old struggled to impression the match and gave the ball away usually in his 90-minute spell. Chilwell’s passing accuracy stood at simply 65 per cent on the full-time whistle – his second worst out of any of his 20 league begins for Chelsea.

Tuchel’s Blues have additionally proven they rating nearly 3 times as many objectives when Alonso is on the pitch in comparison with Chilwell.  

Chelsea’s new coach might examine the entrance three as a possible room for enchancment within the remaining third, however maybe his left wing again or left again function is the place some of the solutions lie. 

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