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Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel had the most incredible run last season, going from mid-season upheaval to paradise in Porto.
The Blues, once again European champions, let go of one of their most cherished sons in Frank Lampard last January, but the German immediately turned around a talented roster into one of Europe’s most resilient and tactically brilliant sides.
Tuchel set up the Blues in a battle-hardened 3-4-3, temporarily abandoning his attacking ideals, to inspire an improbable European run, an FA Cup final appearance, and a rise from ninth to fourth in the Premier League.
In particular, three victories against champions Manchester City in the span of six weeks, including the 1-0 victory in the Champions League final, have added to the season’s title race’s excitement.
Of course, there was a little heartbreak at the hands of Leicester and Youri Tielemans thunderbolt at Wembley Stadium.
Yet the group was only energized by the harsh taste of defeat three days later against the Foxes in the league, which proved vital in the fight for a top-four finish.
Thus far in the transfer window, Romelu Lukaku, valued at around PS95 million, will undoubtedly become the game-changing acquisition Thomas Tuchel most desires.
The 28-year-old has the potential to completely change this team by bringing a razor edge to the Blues’ tough shell.
Aside from the Belgian, the Blues’ major focus this summer has been on bolstering their transfer fund through a series of contentious transactions.
Despite the sadness of fans as academy talents Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud join AC Milan, Marc Guehi joins Crystal Palace, Victor Moses joins Spartak Moscow, and Valentino Livramento joins Southampton, Chelsea have made approximately PS60 million.
Willy Caballero has also left on a free transfer, with Marcus Bettinelli being brought in as a third-choice goalkeeper when his Fulham contract expired.
There have also been notable loan departures, with mercurial Scottish midfielder Billy Gilmour joining Norwich, the lively Conor Gallagher making the move up to the Premier League with Crystal Palace, and Albanian attacker Armando Broja temporarily joining Livramento at St Marys.
Further reinforcements might arrive in the form of Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, while another midfielder could be the missing piece to offer depth behind Ngolo Kante, Jorginho, and Mateo Kovacic.
Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech reacts during a friendly against Tottenham (Getty) After being ousted by PSG before Christmas, Thomas Tuchel is still rejoicing in his magical run to Porto, which has crowned the Blues as two-time Champions League winners.
Given the limited amount of time, his ability to suffocate the opponents through the Blues structure and tenacious effort off the ball was a wonder.
It cemented the German coach’s reputation as one of Europe’s best, building on his prior work at Borussia Dortmund, where he built complicated attacking patterns over a longer period of time.
With a full pre-season under his belt and a group confident in its ability to compete with Liverpool and Manchester United to dethrone Manchester City, the 47-year-old has a opportunity to further demonstrate his powers.
In light of Lukaku’s arrival, Timo Werner’s terrible finishing may quickly be forgotten.
The attacking duos’ movement towards the penalty area from each flank, along with Mason Mount and Kai Havertz’s excellent promise in the hole behind the goal, should provide for an explosive surge in attack.
NGolo Kante is a key player.
Kante has been sharp in pre-season, commanding the midfield against Spurs and showing no symptoms of exhaustion or a Euro 2020 hangover.
With his quick passing and desire to break into space, he will eventually hold Chelsea’s midfield together as well as penetrate the opponent.
Sure, if everything clicks in the final third, Lukaku may rocket Chelsea to the edge of a title, but without Kante, Chelsea will struggle to reach their ceiling, given their weakness in his absence.
What would triumph look like for Chelsea’s NGolo Kante in a match versus Tottenham (Getty)?
Despite an uneasy conclusion, Tuchel’s tactical nous to safeguard Chelsea ensured the Blues swam while others sank to clinch a top-four finish last season.
Notwithstanding the sides potency in cup events, the 19-point deficit to champions Manchester City must be reduced significantly if this season is to be considered a success.
The PS222m outlay last summer (with Havertz on the verge of a breakthrough), combined with the introduction of an great striker, necessitates at the very least a top three finish and the title to be within a few wins down the stretch.
A close call in the league with another trophy or a deep run in the Champions League, as reigning champions no less, might be enough to boost Tuchel’s stock in his quest for Stamford Bridge’s coveted longevity.
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