Tuchel’s remarkable record against Europe’s best managers with Chelsea


LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Thomas Tuchel the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)

 

The true extent of the superb job done by Thomas Tuchel since taking over at Chelsea has been summed up this evening, on the back of the Blues’ meeting with Real Madrid.

Benzema cancels out Pulisic

Tuchel and co. were of course back in action a short time ago.

The Londoners made the trip to the Spanish capital, for a highly anticipated Champions League semi-final showdown with Real Madrid.

Chelsea headed into proceedings as slight underdogs, but no doubt confident in their chances of an upset, having ousted favourites Manchester City from the FA Cup just over a week ago.

In turn, it did not come as much of a surprise when it was indeed the visitors who went on to open the scoring at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

After a lofted Antonio Rudiger pass set Christian Pulisic free, the American did brilliantly to round Thibaut Courtois, before slotting home from close range:

Real, though, despite having had their backs firmly against the wall, soon showcased their experience.

After seeing out an extended spell of Chelsea pressure without conceding a 2nd, the Champions League experts levelled things up, courtesy of star man Karim Benzema:

And this proved all she wrote when it came to the goalscoring in Madrid, leaving the tie on a knife-edge ahead of next week’s return leg at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel impressing

Despite avoiding defeat and bagging a potentially crucial away goal this evening, Chelsea will likely be left to feel just a little disappointed with the eventual result.

The Blues, for the most part, looked excellent in Madrid, holding an always dangerous Real side to just a solitary shot on target, whilst carving out a number of presentable opportunities of their own.

This came in no small part thanks to yet another tactical masterclass on the part of Thomas Tuchel, whose midfield press could easily have seen Chelsea two or three goals to the good inside the opening half hour.

And, as outlined above, on the back of yet another stellar outing on the club’s bench, an insight into just how impressively the German has performed since arriving in west London late in January has since been forthcoming.

Remarkably, as Chelsea boss, Tuchel has remained unbeaten in meetings with no less than six of the continent’s most highly regarded managers:

Elsewhere, meanwhile, bookmakers Paddy Power have revealed the impact of tonight’s result on the latest Champions League winner odds.

Chelsea’s away goal has seen the Blues move to 16/5, whilst Real sit at 9/2.

Manchester City, though, remain favourites to go all the way:

 

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This article was edited by
Josh Barker.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 33 45 77
2 Manchester United FC 33 29 67
3 Leicester City FC 33 22 62
4 Chelsea FC 33 20 58
5 West Ham United FC 33 10 55
6 Liverpool FC 33 16 54
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 33 18 53
8 Everton FC 32 4 52
9 Leeds United 33 0 47
10 Arsenal FC 33 7 46
11 Aston Villa FC 32 9 45
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 33 -13 41
13 Crystal Palace FC 32 -20 38
14 Burnley FC 33 -15 36
15 Southampton FC 32 -18 36
16 Newcastle United FC 33 -18 36
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 33 -6 34
18 Fulham FC 33 -18 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 33 -34 25
20 Sheffield United FC 33 -38 17
Player Team Goals
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 21
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 20
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 15
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 14
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 13
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 10
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 10
Wood, Chris Burnley FC 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 10
Iheanacho, Kelechi Leicester City FC 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Pereira, Matheus West Bromwich Albion 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9





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