Ruud Gullit has given huge praise to Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel for the changes he’s implemented on the team at Stamford Bridge since his arrival as manager.

The Blues appointed Tuchel as their manager back in January midway through the season, and he’s had an impressive impact already during his first experience of English football.

Tuchel immediately switched Chelsea’s system to a 3-4-3 formation, something which has seen them tighten up at the back.

The German coach has given most players in the squad an opportunity in first-team games, and it’s only now that he’s starting to get more a settled look to his XI.

His side have qualified for the Champions League semi-finals where they will face Real Madrid. Additionally, they play Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend, plus they are in the race for the top four still in the Premier League.

Gullit has given a glowing verdict about how Chelsea play much more faster football under Tuchel.

“They play more offensive [under Tuchel]. They play 3-4-3. They play total pressing. They play the ball faster to each other, not so much dribbling anymore in the middle of the park. They dribble around the 18-yard box of the opposition,” Gullit told beIN SPORTS.

“A lot more fluent. It’s higher intensity of all the players, and that’s a good thing. Players who were not playing under Lampard are now playing extremely well.”

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If Chelsea do finish the season strongly, then the role that ex-manager Frank Lampard played in the previous 18 months before his sacking shouldn’t be forgotten.

But there is no denying Tuchel has been a breath of fresh air since he arrived in west London.

There is an identity beginning to build with the side, which has a lovely balance between both youthfulness and experience.

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