Since leading Chelsea, three central defenders are the scheme that Thomas Tuchel imposed on the club. He did not change this system when the Blues were still playing well all the time. However, when the situation of personnel injured and COVID swept, along with recent less impressive results, the German military leader was forced to change.
In the victory over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup, Tuchel showed a flexible improvisation with a 4-2-2-2 formation. In his coaching career, this is not the first time Tuchel has applied this layout. At Dortmund or PSG back in the day, he used this scheme and brought some positive results.
4-2-2-2 is the change that Tuchel made after the first half using 3-5-2. At that time, Ziyech was forced to play in the right Wingback role. It can be said that the Moroccan midfielder is the balancer in Tuchel’s 3-5-2/4-2-2-2 hybrid system. He played a defensive role as a right wingback when the team fell deep. When Chelsea attacked, the star born in 1993 widened the pitch to serve the club’s quick ball deployment intentions.
And when Chelsea switched to 4-2-2-2, Ziyech and Mount became two No 10s, operating close together in the midfield. His and Mount’s task is to exploit the space between the last two lines of Tottenham. They received the ball there before proceeding to hit the Spurs defence.
This arrangement of Tuchel gives Chelsea complete control of the ball. Compared to Tottenham’s 3-4-3 scheme, Chelsea owns 4 names in the central area: Jorginho – Saul – Mount – Ziyech. This number is enough to overwhelm the two midfielders on the white team’s side. Not surprisingly, Chelsea controlled the ball up to 64% compared to the opponent’s modest record of 36%.
Chelsea clearly had an impressive match with a new 4-2-2-2 layout. Although this is a new scheme applied at the club, once the players are imbued with Tuchel’s idea of playing as well as know how to operate, hold positions, and apply pressure, the 4-2-2-2 diagram will still work. promote efficiency.
For the rest of the season, 4-2-2-2 may be another solution for Chelsea when the three-back formation is showing many inadequacies. Tuchel has changed and that makes Chelsea even more unpredictable.