TCC View: Tuchel may switch formation next season based on Chelsea's reported summer plans
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has mainly used a two-man midfield system in the last year since he took over, but he may have to tweak his tactics based on the club’s reported summer transfer plans.
As it stands, Tuchel’s idea is very clear. He has three primary midfield options in N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, and Mateo Kovacic.
Others, including Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Saul Niguez, provide cover when needed.
The dynamic in the midfield department, however, may change next season, based on The Telegraph‘s latest report.
First, Chelsea reportedly expect Conor Gallagher, who is currently on loan at Crystal Palace, to return and fight for a place in the first team.
The 22-year-old is having an impressive season at Selhurst Park, with seven goals and three assists already in the league.
To put it into perspective, he has had more goal contributions than any Chelsea player in the same competition except for Mason Mount.
The report also mentioned Chelsea’s pursuit of West Ham’s Declan Rice and AS Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni.
These are clearly not the type of players they would sign to be backup players.
The Blues will reportedly listen to offers for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley, which would create space in the squad, in addition to Saul’s expected return to Atletico Madrid, these reported plans suggest a formation change.
There would be too many midfielders for a two-man midfield or a “double six” system, as Tuchel described it.
Not to mention that Mount, who predominantly plays as a forward under Tuchel, might return to his preferred number eight position.
Many Chelsea attackers struggle in Tuchel’s 3-4-3 system
Tuchel’s 3-4-3 system has undeniably been successful. However, while it suits many Chelsea defenders, it doesn’t seem to be the case at the other end of the pitch.
The fact that only Mount (seven) has scored more goals than their designated penalty taker, Jorginho, in the Premier League this season is obviously a concern.
Perhaps, to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool’s incredible consistency in the league, Chelsea will have to take more risks defensively and put more bodies in the final third in a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1 formation.