German media heap praise on "invincible" Thomas Tuchel after masterminding Chelsea success
Thomas Tuchel is earning plenty of plaudits in England after steering Chelsea to a ten-match unbeaten run since taking over as head coach from Frank Lampard six weeks ago.
The Blues have won eight and drawn two in all competitions since the former PSG coach was parachuted in to save Chelsea’s season with the team floundering in eight place and having lost five of their final eight games under Lampard’s watch.
Words such as “brave” and “masterclass” were used in the wake of Tuchel expertly setting his Chelsea side up to beat Liverpool 1-0 on Thursday night, condemning fellow German boss Jurgen Klopp to a fifth straight home loss for the reigning Premier League champions.
Mason Mount’s goal five minutes before the break was enough to be the difference between the two sides. Liverpool didn’t register a shot on target until the 85th minute when Edouard Mendy claimed Gini Wijnaldum’s tame header.
Not only on these shores is Tuchel getting high praise but he is also getting it back in his homeland.Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles
German daily paper BILD led their coverage of the all German manager clash with “The Invincible One” as Tuchel made it ten matches unbeaten.
BILD's report was not so favourable for Liverpool’s boss, saying in its report: Klopp's mega-crisis continues after the horror start of the year with eight (!) losses in 2021.”
The literal translation of Mason Mount’s winner is quite apt when describing the goalscorer: “Then in the 42nd minute, Kanté sends Chelsea jewel Mason Mount over to the left, who pulls past Fabinho and Alexander-Arnold into the middle and hits the far post for a 1-0 winner.”
BILD then goes on to describe Tuchel’s “well-organized defence” as the key component in their victory at Anfield.
The German head coach is not one to get carried away with things despite steering the Blues back to the top four having been sitting in ninth place when he took over.
Chelsea have conceded just two goals in the team games that Tuchel has been in charge of, only one of them has been from an opposition player as the other was Antonio Rudiger’s own goal away at Sheffield United.
Tuchel has now masterminded victories over Jose Mourinho, Diego Simeone and Jurgen Klopp - the managerial heavyweights in Europe - since he replaced Lampard in west London in late January.
"We don't think this way [thinking of the top four]. We were already in the top four after the win against Newcastle. We cannot lose focus by looking at the fixtures all the time because it does not help. The only thing that helps, even though it may be boring, is to prepare for the matches at the highest level because this league does not allow you to drop one percent.Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles
"If you want to have results, if you want to keep going then we have to focus towards Everton and nothing else. It is like that. There are still 11 games to go, there are a lot of games to go and nothing is decided.
"We are in the race and we closed the gap very very quickly which took a big effort. Now we are in the middle of the race and we need to keep on going.
"This league, the competition in the Champions League and the FA Cup is what drives us. It gives us no time to lay back and become too relaxed. I have a hungry group. I myself am hungry and we are not finished."