Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said he had to tweak the system in the second half to get the best out of two youngsters, who eventually secured the win in Tuesday’s friendly match against Bournemouth.
As expected, the Blues started the game in a familiar 3-4-3 shape, albeit with different personnel throughout the pitch, particularly in midfield.
Conor Gallagher, and Danny Drinkwater — neither was in Tuchel’s squad last season — started in midfield and did relatively well to adapt.
In the second half, however, Tuchel decided to go with a 3-5-2 system, and pair two young forwards up top.
“We tried to give the guys good positions on the field where they feel comfortable,” the German told Chelsea TV in his post-match interview.
“It was always a back five, in the first half with a midfield two and in the second half a midfield three with two strikers.
“It suits better for Armando [Broja] and Ike [Ugbo] [to play] as double strikers.”
Tuchel’s gamble certainly paid off, as Broja and Ugbo scored a goal apiece and gave Chelsea what Tuchel described as a much-needed victory.
“It was good and absolutely necessary to turn the game around,” Tuchel said about the importance of Broja and Ugbo’s decisive goals.
“It’s a much better feeling to win games and continue from there than to lose and worry.
“They had two chances and took them. This is what they do, and now they have to continue.”