Can Thomas Tuchel stop the crash at Chelsea?

When Tuchel joined Chelsea in January, he made them back into a troop. But after losing eleven points in eight games, can he stop the crash?

GB About: Chelsea Publish: 12/20/2021 Edit: 12/20/2021 Author: Gardener

ChelseaA slip has turned into a crisis for the European champions, and Thomas Tuchel's halo has slipped a little. After leading the standings and title favorite a few weeks ago, Tuchel has dropped to third place, six points behind the pace of Manchester City. Whoever witnessed the breathtaking 4-0 victory against Juventus Turin in the Champions League on November 23, could only see blue skies over Stamford Bridge. Clever, threatening and with no apparent weakness, Chelsea inflicted the worst defeat in the Italians' most distinguished European history. But in their previous home game on November 6, the team had somehow managed to turn total dominance over the fighting Burnley into a 1-1 draw, despite having 70 percent possession. - ESPN + Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, More (U. - You don't have ESPN? Then came Jorginho's misjudgment of a falling ball to give Manchester United another draw at Stamford Bridge on Nov. 28 - two more points A win at Watford on December 1 came next, but Tuchel admitted his stuttering side had been “lucky.” Now there was cause for concern. Chelsea still had their fabulous defensive record: they would just concede those Four league goals throughout the season until December with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and a defense by Thiago Silva and Antonio Rüdiger. No opposing team had more than one goal behind them in a game, and then the implosion in the London stadium came as West Ham made an exciting comeback and won 3-2 on December 4th. Chelsea went to great lengths against Marcelo Bielsa's exhausted team when Manchester City and Meer were off the top Liverpool continued to accumulate victories. Surely Tuchel's team would have a field day at the bridge against an informal and patched-up Everton team five days after defeating Leeds? No - instead of raving about the victory everyone expected, they missed a host of opportunities and even after Mason Mount broke the impasse, they allowed Everton teenager Jarrad Branthwaite to score a heroic point for the toffees. With COVID-19 cases increasing at the Chelsea camp in the week leading up to Christmas - Tuchel confirmed four positive results in his first-team squad last Thursday - the club requested to cancel their game at Wolves on December 19. The Premier League said no and more points were lost in a lackluster 0-0 draw at Molineux as Chelsea could only name four substitutes. Confidence has dropped and the team's mentality and focus looks suspicious when it comes to Christmas time. The manager tried to come across as philosophical, but Tuchel has to worry. He'd made the job look simple, but suddenly it feels like walking through syrup. A big factor was the absence of midfielder N'Golo Kante, who only appeared in seven Premier League games due to injury and illness. Mateo Kovacic, who had been in brilliant shape, injured himself in late October; His craft and technical know-how has also been sorely missed, despite some decent postponements by Ruben Loftus-Cheek in this area of ​​the pitch. The Belgian international, who won a club record of 97.5million this summer, went seven games without a goal before sustaining a serious ankle injury in the UEFA Champions League against Malmö. Now he's in isolation among the blues for a positive COVID-19 test. There is also suspicion that Tuchel is still working to maximize Lukaku's qualities in his preferred formation and bring him to the 30-goal form he achieved when he won Inter Milan last season. Ben Chilwell, who at best gives Chelsea an extra dimension to the left of Tuchel's 3-4-2-1 line-up, has missed the last seven games with a partial cruciate ligament rupture and that has robbed this team of its threat. Chelsea are still third in the table, six points ahead of fourth-placed Arsenal, Reece James has been great and a revived Mount has scored four goals in his last five Premier League games. (His contract also expires in June 2022.) Others like Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech only shine for one reason or another with cameo appearances and not with sustained form runs. The latest results have undoubtedly stripped the team a little of their boasting and belief in this important phase of the season. The rot must be stopped, and quickly, so after his resounding success in taking over Frank Lampard at the beginning of the calendar year, the acid test comes for Tuchel. Six points behind at the top may not sound like much, but it will take a long time as Chelsea's two main rivals for the title at the top set a searing pace. In the last eight games, leaders Manchester City have not lost a single point and Liverpool have only lost five compared to Chelsea. As fate would have it, Liverpool will be the first league visitor to Stamford Bridge in 2022 and then Tuchel will take his team to the city on January 15th. It's a perfect chance for Chelsea to get back into the race or be kicked out of the race.

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