Thomas Tuchel has discussed how Chelsea’s players have adapted to his methods and admits it is ‘nice to see’ the progress his side have made.
Chelsea have enjoyed an encouraging start under the new head coach and are unbeaten in 11 fixtures across all competitions under the German, their nine-game sequence in the Premier League having continued with victory over Everton last weekend.
Tuchel’s side have been defensively solid with seven clean sheets in those nine league fixtures, their impressive form having see the west London side move back into the division’s top four.
Tuchel has now discussed his initial impact and admits he has been pleased with how the Chelsea squad have adapted to his tactical approach, expressing his delight with the club’s form ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Leeds at Elland Road.
“I don’t know if surprised is the right word because that would mean that we did not allow ourselves achieve things like that and that is not the case.” Tuchel told his pre-match press conference.
“But it’s nice to see and it is a very quick adaption from the players and we are very happy with what we see and the way we play.
“We never forget that in football you also need luck and we never neglect that, this is also a big part of it.”
Chelsea travel to face Leeds on Saturday lunchtime seeking to keep a fifth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions, with Tuchel’s switch to a back three formation having seen the Blues tighten up defensively in recent weeks.
The clash with Marcelo Bielsa’s side is then followed by the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Atletico Madrid, Chelsea holding a 1-0 advantage ahead of the home return with the Spanish league leaders.