In Mourinho’s footsteps: Tuchel’s schedule opens up

Thomas Tuchel and FC Chelsea have also mastered their biggest challenge so far – to the satisfaction of the coach – by scoring 1-0 in Bucharest in the eighth round of the Champions League against Atletico Madrid.

“It was a very disciplined achievement that earned us zero, thanks to hard work and teamwork. That was the basis for an important victory. But we know very well that it’s only half time, “said the German coach soberly after the match with” DAZN”.

Atletico-Defensive “toughest challenge”
In the further course of his analysis, however, two things were noticed. On the one hand, how much his team had followed the schedule for the game against the Primera Division leader. On the other hand, how proud the former Parisians, Dortmund and Mainz were of this fact after only a few weeks in office. According to the 47-year-old, they wanted to “dominate Atletico in half”. To this end, “do not make early mistakes in the setup and only take risks on the last 20 meters” and “always be prepared for their quick counters”. His team faced all these challenges, with the exception of a few minutes at the start of the game.

Tuchel was particularly proud of the quality of the opponent. “Opening up a defensive like Atletico is one of the toughest challenges.”But his players succeeded in this because they kept the intensity high as planned” and never let them breathe and counteract properly. That’s exactly what we did very well. Fantastic result, fantastic goal, highly deserved, “he stated.

Giroud’s artificial shot and Mourinho’s recordSpeaking of goal. The only goal scored in Bucharest by world champion Olivier Giroud was highly worth seeing, a drop back placed as a setter in the left corner, but which only caused cheering several minutes late, as the German referee team led by main referee Felix Brych had initially recognized a position away from the French. But after several minutes of VAR checking, the goal counted, as Mario Hermoso, a Spaniard – and not Mason Mount, as I suspected at first – had given the “draft” to Giroud.