Leicester City defender says Thomas Tuchel has made Chelsea 'tough to beat'

Leicester City defender Jonny Evans expects a tough match in the FA Cup final as he highlighted improvements Chelsea have had under Thomas Tuchel.

The Foxes managed to beat Chelsea at King Power’s Stadium back in December.

Frank Lampard was still in charge of the Blues at that point, and despite dominating the possession and creating more chances in that game, they could not cope with Leicester City’s counter-attacking threats.

It was also Lampard’s final Premier League game as the Chelsea manager and Thomas Tuchel took over a week later.

Having seen what Tuchel has brought to the Chelsea team, Leicester City centre-back Evans believes they cannot rely on December’s win as a reference.

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“We’re expecting a really, really tough match,” Evans told LCFC TV about the FA Cup final.

“The last time we played Chelsea, I think it was one of the last games with Frank Lampard. It was a comfortable night for us in the end.

“I thought we played really well, but since the new coach has come in, he’s given them a new tactical dimension.

“They look a lot more solid at the back and are playing a little more counter-attacking football themselves.

“It’s a formation we have played ourselves at certain points of the season, so it could be an interesting match-up on cup final day.

“We know it’s not going to be like the league game earlier in the season.

“They’re a really tough team to beat on their day.”

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As Evans, pointed out, the biggest difference between Lampard’s and Tuchel’s Chelsea is on the defence.

While Lampard’s strategy is often about outscoring the opposition teams, Tuchel’s Chelsea team has shown his willingness to dig deep and prioritise a clean-sheet.

The latter’s approach has been more successful so far.

The key to the success is that under Tuchel, Chelsea do not always have to rely on their rather inconsistent attacking talents to win.

The lack of ruthlessness in the final third remains an issue, but the solid defence under Tuchel often make up for that.

A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.