'We're looking': Thomas Tuchel hints at which formation he will be using at Chelsea next season

Thomas Tuchel has suggested he will be sticking with the same formation with Chelsea next season.

As quoted by the 5th Stand, the German coach implied that the tried and tested method will be on show again after the summer.

Thomas takes over

Pretty much since his arrival at Stamford Bridge last January, Tuchel has stuck to his system solidly.

He instantly reverted the team to a back three, with wing-backs and a fluid front trio when he replaced Frank Lampard.

This worked wonders during his debut campaign.

Chelsea became one of Europe’s dominant defensive forces once again, highlighted by their Champions League victory.


Photo by Alexander Hassenstein – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

They started off the most recent term in similar fashion, conceding just four times in their opening 12 Premier League fixtures.

Keeping out the opponents allowed them to climb to the top of the table, with goals also arriving quite frequently at the other end.

However, the charm faded in December.

Numerous injuries meant Tuchel constantly had to regularly rotate his once sturdy side, particularly in defensive areas where the crux of the wounds occurred.

At one stage, he was without Ben Chilwell, Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah, with Thiago Silva also missing a match in his period.

During the mini-injury epidemic, Chelsea lost their grip at the summit of the mountain and fell to third place, a position they failed to shift from.

Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images

Where the fortress was once impenetrable, opponents could simply walk straight through the open door.

Brentford hit the Blues for four after the international break, before Arsenal did the same a few weeks later.

These two defeats sandwiched the 3-1 loss against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Tuchel suggests the same formation will be used

Letting slip 11 goals in succession on home soil would’ve been totally unthinkable 12 months ago.

Unfortunately, this is where Tuchel finds himself now, hence why some questioned whether he might consider changing the formation as a way to prevent a further slump.

“I don’t think it’s a problem of structure that we have because we delivered on a very high level with performances,” said the manager.

“We’re looking in every direction but I think the structure (of three at the back) suits our players very well like Thiago Silva and our midfielders in the build-up, as well as Reece James and Ben Chilwell because they have a bit more freedom to attack on the sides.”

Photo by Ivan Yordanov/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

It is true that in a back four, Silva looks extremely vulnerable because of his lack of mobility.

The 37-year-old needs cover from both angles to ensure he doesn’t run his legs into the ground.

With Antonio Rudiger’s pace now gone, Chelsea must find a suitably quick replacement to protect the experienced Brazilian.

Keep up to date with all the latest Chelsea news and opinion by following The Chelsea Chronicle’s Facebook and Twitter accounts

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.