The German once again drew praise last weekend for the tactical tweaks he made in his side’s ultimately comfortable 3-0 win at Tottenham
As soon as Chelsea lifted the Champions League trophy in Porto, talk began of an impending Premier League title challenge.
Thomas Tuchel’s tactical victory over Pep Guardiola clearly signified if not the passing of the torch at least the beginning of a new rivalry at the top of English football. But there were many detractors. Pundits argued that his meticulously designed team shape was a little rigid to grind out results throughout a 38-game league campaign and, understandably, pointed to a record of 38 points from 19 Premier League matches as reason to bet against Chelsea finishing above Manchester City, Liverpool, and Manchester United.