LONDON – Thomas Tuchel finally won his first victory as Chelsea coach after overthrowing Burnley 2-0 in the 2020/2021 Premier League, Sunday (31/1/2021). Interestingly, in that victory he returned to playing two wing backs.
Since he was appointed to replace Frank Lampard, Tuchel implemented a formation using the wing back role. The first time the formation was applied in the match against Wolverhampton Wanderers and the result was a 0-0 draw.
Now, the 3-4-2-1 formation used by Tuchel is giving positive results. Uniquely, in implementing the wing back scheme, the German coach actually put the name Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Basically Hudson-Odoi is a winger. However, Tuchel forced him to play the new role. Even Hudson-Odoi has been played as a wing back since the Chelsea vs Wolverhampton match.
When asked what made Tuchel choose Hudson-Odoi over other players as the right wing back, he replied because Hudson-Odoi has the speed and attack that Chelsea need right now.
“Why not? (Tuchel’s answer when asked why he played Hudson-Odoi as a wing back). “He has the ability to run, the pace and at this time we have chosen to play with a structure like this,” said Tuchel, citing London football.
By playing as a winger, Hudson-Odoi can help Chelsea’s attack, as well as help the Blues defense. Hudson-Odoi’s stamina is another reason why Tuchel finally chose the 20-year-old player.
“He can play in the half offensively. “It’s clear and we want to take every opportunity like we did against Wolves, so we tried with Ben Chillwell and him, today Marcos Alonso and him,” he added.
“He has a good game again, if we can improve the accuracy of our troops in the opponent’s penalty box, then maybe we can score more goals (in the future),” continued Tuchel.
It seems that the formation using the wing back will still be tried by Tuchel. However, what is certain is that he will still be struggling with players first to determine his best squad at Chelsea.