Report: Tuchel called three Chelsea players aside, told them they will play a key role

Thomas Tuchel made it clear from the outset that Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, and Jorginho would be used as examples in his new Chelsea regime, according to ESPN’s Julian Lauren.

Tuchel didn’t take long too establish his authority at Stamford Bridge following the departure of Frank Lampard.

Despite being given less than 48 hours to prepare for his first Premier League game in charge, it was evident how things were going to be organised from the German coach.

Part of Tuchel’s restructuring was to recall experienced members of the squad to his starting line-up.

This involved Kante, Kovacic and Jorginho, who were all apparently taken to one side shortly after Tuchel’s arrival from France.


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They were informed by the new manager that they were to be used as examples for their teammates.

He also informed the trio they would be rotated according to opposition, fitness and the specific game plan.

But they would all at some point be starters at the base of Chelsea’s midfield.

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Jorginho and Kovacic began Tuchel’s maiden game against Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Kante still recovering from an injury.

Since then, no other player has managed to break into that midfield triangle.

Chelsea have certainly benefitted from Tuchel’s defined plan.

Their results and performances have improved, as they begin to gel as a team rather than a set of talented individuals.  

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A lot has been made of Chelsea’s defensive improvements and rightly so.

However, I think a lot of credit should also go to that mini-midfield pack of Kante, Kovacic and Jorginho.

Whichever of the two features together, they never look disjointed or out of sync.

It is their job to control games, which is exactly what they’ve managed following Tuchel’s arrival.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.