Thomas Tuchel given perfect chance to plan next phase of Chelsea journey as transfer window looms
Thomas Tuchel will finally be having some down time over the next ten days after a whirlwind start to his career as Chelsea head coach.
The German has negotiated his way through 14 games in less than two months since replacing Frank Lampard and it has been a spectacular start - he hasn’t lost a game yet.
He has also steered Chelsea to an FA Cup semi final against Manchester City at Wembley next month, a Champions League quarter final against Porto in two week’s time and launched the Blues firmly back into the race for a top four finish this season.
Tuchel’s side have gone 11 hours without conceding a goal at Stamford Bridge, racked up 12 clean sheets in the aforementioned 14 game stretch and everything is pretty rosey in west London right now.
The Blues have plenty of momentum right now, Christian Pulisic said after Sunday’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup “we feel we can beat anyone” but now the international break has arrived, the hectic schedule for Tuchel and his players has calmed down.
Chelsea are not back in action in the Premier League until April 3 when they host West Bromwich Albion in an early Saturday kick off at Stamford Bridge with Tuchel looking to extend his unbeaten start to 15 games in all competitions.
Chelsea’s have 13 days without a game, a nice break in what has been a relentless campaign, with games pretty much every three days since Tuchel arrived so he can now take stock. His players called up for international duty though have three matches to play for their respective countries.
He has not only a chance to plan for West Brom on April 3, but also for Porto on April 7 in the Champions League quarter final first leg at the Estadio do Dragao.
The Blues will have been thrilled with the draw that took place in Nyon last Friday which pits them against the Primera Liga side and then face the winner of the Liverpool/Real Madrid tie in the semifinals should Tuchel successfully negotiate a route through to the last four, avoiding both Man City and Bayern Munich until a potential final in Istanbul in May.
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In terms of Tuchel’s future at the club, having signed an 18-month deal to replace Frank Lampard in late January, he doesn’t have time on his side - he’ll only have a year left on his deal when the next transfer window comes around. But Roman Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia will be thrileld with how quickly he has settled in London after leaving Paris St Germain late last year.
Tuchel, wisely, didn’t make any snap late moves in the January transfer window, being happy to stick with the current squad of players which is no real surprise as, on paper, it is one of the strongest in Europe.
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Of course, with top four not guaranteed yet then it is hard to know what Chelsea’s financial position might look like this summer. Roman Abramovich isn’t afraid to spend but without Champions League football, Erling Haaland won’t be arriving in west London.
A lot of what happens between now and the end of the season will dictate what happens in the summer but you get the impression that Tuchel will want plans in place for later down the line, though he will be a manager in public and say he is not thinking any further forward than the next game.
Drinitive discussions over transfer targets and current contacts will not be open for definitive discussion in this international break but perhaps some internal talks could well get underway.