Chelsea v Wolves (Premier League): Post-match reactions – The Tuchel Train has arrived

A new era has dawned at Stamford Bridge as Thomas Tuchel took to the touchlines as Chelsea manager for the first time. It was a frustrating affair due to the resiliency Wolves demonstrated giving Chelsea 79% possession. Despite the difference in total shots (Chelsea 14, Wolves 4), Wolves were able to record 0 shots on target to Chelsea’s 5. Nevertheless, The Blues were able to suppress the counterattack to an extent and dominate the field for the most part. In the end, several half-chances weren’t enough as Tuchel notched a 0-0 draw for his first Chelsea Premier League match. Some of the writers at The Chelsea Social give their post-match reactions regarding the Chelsea v Wolves encounter.

Thomas Tuchel was pleased with his first game in charge, despite not winning. Credit | Tom Jenkins/The Guardian
Thomas Tuchel was pleased with his first game in charge, despite not winning. Credit | Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Rey (@Rey_Blues30)

Anxious and excited to see a new Chelsea team, my expectations weren’t as high. Despite the managerial change I didn’t anticipate for Chelsea to look as bright as they did in the first 20 minutes. The lineup itself was questionable but was glad to see that we were able to create opportunities. I hope that we can gradually improve and adapt to Tuchel’s demands as a new head coach. I do believe he will bring more structure and clarity in tactics. One of the highlighting flaws Tuchel will have to address is the lack of urgency going forward. Many Premier League teams have dropped back and allowed Chelsea to dominate possession and hit them on the break. Last night was exactly the same as Nuno Espirito Santo sought out to replicate his victory one month ago. It was annoying to see them just sit back and clog up the wide areas but this is what teams will do. I was shocked to see Hudson-Odoi as RWB but he delivered. He was a constant threat down that right-hand side. Once he went to LWB, he looked as energetic and vibrant 2 years ago. His directness was causing trouble for the Wolves wing-backs and was able to get past them on several occasions. Disappointed in the draw but glad we saw some intensity going forward. Onto Burnley.

Travis (@Crossroads_CFC)

Chelsea v Wolves saw Thomas Tuchel’s tenure as Chelsea manager end with a less than exciting performance, but the initial signs were encouraging. Chelsea was playing in a new setup with a 3-4-3, and overall, tactically different than what was seen over the past 45-60 days. The ball was being quickly moved around the pitch, and notably, there were more progressive passes being attempted than before. Possession play seemed to be greatly improved. This is evidenced by the fact Chelsea set a club record for the most completed passes in the 1st half with 433. However, as has been a common theme, the few chances that were created weren’t capitalised upon, and it wasn’t enough to break down a determined Wolves squad who parked every bus that they could have. A glaring issue with the squad was the lack of effective off-the-ball movement. This is best exemplified by the fact Chelsea had over 850 passes yet didn’t create nearly enough chances and seemed to get stuck with recycling possession all too often. Tuchel will need to address this issue going forward to right the course. Overall, a frustrating draw as an individual result, but an encouraging start to the Tuchel era.

Thiago Silva expertly marshalled the troops at the back and handled the very limited threats well. Credit | POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Thiago Silva expertly marshalled the troops at the back and handled the very limited threats well. Credit | POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Vivek (@CFC_Vivek)

The result in the Chelsea v Wolves match last night only says half the story, but I am sure Thomas Tuchel will view it as 2 points dropped even though he had a very positive press conference at the end of the game. There was intent in the counter-press, more fluid passing moves, but this was nullified by our lack of execution in the final third, an area I am sure we will see improvements in the next few games. Chilwell and Havertz had the best chances of the night and on another day, we would have been celebrating a good win for Chelsea. All is not lost however as we are trailing by just 4 points behind the top 4 with 18 games to go. If this is what we will be seeing with less than 24 hours of training under Thomas Tuchel, I am looking forward to Burnley.

RJ (@RJ_Goodthings)

Thomas Tuchel has arrived to Chelsea, but unfortunately he was unable to help the Blues pick up all 3 points against a well-organised and resolute Wolves. Chelsea did look the livelier of the teams, especially in the first 25 minutes. Despite the possession and territorial dominance, the Blues experienced similar issues in creating genuine goal-scoring opportunities. This issue against a low-block set up will need to be quickly rectified by Tuchel and his players, particularly as they will be facing teams with a similar methodology over the next handful of games.

Overall, a solid, not spectacular, performance from the Blues and the latest manager on debut. However, after only one session with his team, they looked reasonably sharp (particularly CHO and Kovacic). Therefore, one hopes that with some more sessions working together, the team will be truly formidable and start to accumulate some much-needed wins.

Dendoncker misses a good chance to give the Wolves the most unlikeliest of leads. Credit | Frank Augstein/PA
Dendoncker misses a good chance to give the Wolves the most unlikeliest of leads. Credit | Frank Augstein/PA

Source: bbc.com

Written By: Rey, Travis, Vivek and RJ

Edited By: Ross-John (RJ) Bonaccorsi (@RJ_Goodthings)


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