Chelsea defender Thiago Silva said he is impressed by how quick his Blues teammates have taken on-board with Thomas Tuchel’s tactics.
The German implemented a lot of tactical changes straight away when he first arrived, including introducing the new 3-4-3 system after just one training session.
For Silva, who spent two years working under Tuchel at Paris Saint-Germain, there were perhaps a few tweaks here and there that he had to adjust to.
Still, he is already familiar with the manager’s footballing ideas, and this was not the case for the majority of the players.
The 36-year-old centre-back and Christian Pulisic are the only two Chelsea players who had played under Tuchel before.
However, the 14-game unbeaten run prior to last weekend’s shock defeat suggests that the players have adapted to the new instructions really well — and Silva admitted that he is impressed.
“Since the first game against Wolves, he made some tactical changes in the team, saying what he’d like the team to do, so you can see the coach has already put his mark here,” Silva told Chelsea’s official website.
“His way of playing has convinced the players that it’s possible to hold the ball and be aggressive when necessary.
“So we get on the field knowing basically all that we have to do.
“I have known for two years all I have to do on the field – when to go up, when to hold the ball.
“Often, other players take a little longer getting the coach’s timing, but surprisingly they haven’t taken long to understand Tuchel’s way of playing and behaving in the field.”
Silva also believes this could help the team progress far in the Champions League.
“We’re going in the right direction right now, getting wins and feeling really motivated” he added.
“But we are also in a new beginning, with a new coach and a new style.
“Of course there are ups and downs in a long season, especially when the team is very young, but I believe we’re fully capable of getting far in the Champions League.”