Chelsea may face a transfer dilemma as a result of Thomas Tuchel’s tactical shift.


Chelsea may face a transfer dilemma as a result of Thomas Tuchel’s tactical shift.

THOMAS TUCHEL shook up his Chelsea team during the second leg of their League Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur.

Thomas Tuchel has once again found the solution, despite a run of five draws and one defeat in their last nine Premier League matches.

The issue was further complicated by Reece James’ injury against Brighton and Hove Albion, but the Blues became lop-sided and unbalanced after Ben Chilwell ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Juventus in the Champions League.

Chilwell was sensational in attack and ferocious in defense in his first six Premier League appearances, scoring three goals and adding one assist.

On his opposite flank, James matched Chilwell’s brilliance, scoring three times and assisting on two others in the same period.

Tuchel substituted Alonso for Chilwell, but the Spaniard is not a like-for-like replacement.

After Chilwell’s season was cut short, Chelsea’s rock-solid defense became brittle, and their slick attacking football stalled. The west Londoners only won three of their next ten games.

But PSG and Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel dipped into his trustee thinking cap and came up with a solution, reverting to a 4-2-2-2 system for both legs of their dominant League Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

However, the German’s stroke of brilliance may have left him with a quandary that could jeopardize all of their current plans.

Chelsea has been attempting to re-call Emerson Palmieri from his loan spell at Lyon, but Lyon’s obstinacy is proving to be a difficult obstacle to overcome.

Malang Sarr, a young Frenchman who has been overlooked by Tuchel, had his best game for the Blues when he was moved to the left-back position.

Despite not being a natural attacker, his defensive work and aggression were excellent against Antonio Conte’s side, who barely pierced Chelsea’s defence on the left side.

Tuchel would also only need four strong central defenders instead of six if he switched to a back four.

Antonio Rudiger appears to be on his way out at Stamford Bridge, but Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta have both agreed to new contracts.

Tuchel would only need one central defender to replace Rudiger and fill the void left by Zouma if new contracts with the Chelsea duo are reached.


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