Tuchel reacts to questions over potential formation change at Chelsea next season

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he would consider a formation change next season but also insisted that many of the key players suit the current system.

The Blues secured a third-place finish in the Premier League after suffering from several key injuries throughout the season.

There was hardly any reason for Tuchel to consider any significant tactical changes last summer after their Champions League triumph.

The 3-4-3 formation proved successful and Tuchel kept all the key players needed to implement the system.

This time, however, this may not be the case.

Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen will soon leave the club on free transfers and several other players could follow suit.


Rudiger, in particular, is one of the reasons why Chelsea’s three-man defence works really well.

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His pace and athleticism allow the likes of Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso to bomb forward at any time. But he is not going to be there any more for the Blues.

In addition to that, the system might also have hindered many of the Chelsea attackers, whom Tuchel himself admitted have mostly been underwhelming.

Will Tuchel alter his tactics ahead of the expected squad rebuilding? Not necessarily, according to the manager himself.

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“I don’t think it’s a problem of structure we have because we delivered in this structure at a very high level of performance,” the German said in his post-match press conference.

“We are looking in every direction.

“I think the structure suits our players well, not only [Rudiger and Christensen] but Thiago Silva, our midfielders, and Ben Chilwell and Reece James.

“Actually, it’s not the plan to change it, but maybe we are forced to.

“It’s no problem to adapt and find solutions. But the problem is we are forced to be passive [in the transfer market], and it’s what we don’t like.”

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