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MetiNews.Com - Our resident columnist David Chidgey reflects on the Southampton draw and who Thomas Tuchel needs to build his team around for the future

Premier league news Thomas Tuchel can't make the same mistake Jose Mourinho did with Joe Cole Last spor news

MetiNews.Com - Our resident columnist David Chidgey reflects on the Southampton draw and who Thomas Tuchel needs to build his team around for the future

Premier league news  Thomas Tuchel can't make the same mistake Jose Mourinho did with Joe Cole Last spor news
23 February 2021 - 06:45

Breaking News ! One thing we are beginning to learn about Thomas Tuchel is that he is very direct. An intelligent and articulate man, even in what is not his native language, he pulls no punches in his post-match press conferences. No doubt Callum Hudson-Odoi has also learnt this somewhat quickly. It is widely understood that the ultimate humiliation for a professional footballer is to be substituted not long after coming on as a substitute themselves. I remember with horror witnessing this happening to one of my all-time favourite players, Joe Cole when Jose Mourinho was manager. It seemed then, as it does now with Callum, that Cole was being singled out unfairly. Yes, Cole, like Callum could be ill-disciplined. too keen to beat a man, try a flick or a Hollywood pass but equally he could win you a match with exactly that kind of flair. It was interesting to hear Cole, now an excellent pundit for BT Sport, saying as much after the match. Cole noted that Tuchel was taking a huge gamble by singling Hudson-Odoi out with accusations of a lack of energy, counter-pressing and a poor attitude. The gamble being that the 20-year-old will have enough mental strength to come back better rather than take it personally and shrink into introspective disappointment. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Cole certainly had that mental strength and ‘showed’ Mourinho exactly what he could do, before injuries stalled his career at Chelsea. However, many supporters believed that in doing so Mourinho squashed the innate creative flair and immense natural talent that Cole, like few others, possessed. Time will obviously tell with Callum, but the cynic in me wonders whether Tuchel would have dug out one of the other more experienced or expensive underperforming players in such a manner. Ultimately, Tuchel is the boss and that’s why he’s paid the big bucks to make such calls and as ever, we do not know what is going on behind the scenes. Tuchel may be learning something else about this team rather quickly, something that Frank Lampard knew and most supporters too if we are being honest with ourselves. There is a distinct lack of quality in the squad and there has been for a number of years. When I say quality, I don’t mean that Chelsea is a team of pub players, clearly that is not the case. I mean in comparison to the Chelsea squads of 10-15 years ago and also in comparison to the quality of squad you need to genuinely compete for the Premier League title and deep into European competition. Read More Related Articles Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea defensive dilemma to stop Atletico Madrid and Luis Suarez Read More Related Articles When Chelsea fans could return to Stamford Bridge as Boris Johnson makes stadiums decision The evidence has been there for all to see and a pertinent reminder of this comes on Tuesday when Chelsea face Atletico Madrid in the Champions’ League Round of 16 tie. The last time Chelsea competed in a Champions League semi-final was ironically against Atletico Madrid in 2014. Chelsea under Mourinho fought out a nuggety 0-0 draw in Spain but were thoroughly outclassed in the return leg losing 3-1 at home. Between 2004 and 2014, Chelsea reached seven Champions League semi-finals and made it to two finals, famously winning one of them in 2012. Since 2014, Chelsea have become a distinct Europa League level squad with two final wins in 2013 and 2019 but failing to get past the Round of 16 in the Champions League since then. Whilst Chelsea’s inability to win more Champions’ League trophies between 2004 and 2014 may be attributable to some rotten luck at times, their abject failure since then is down to one reason and one reason alone - the failure to rebuild the squad with similar quality and build on the successes achieved during that period. John Terry (L) and Ashley Cole pose with the Champions League trophy during the Chelsea victory parade (Image: Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images) How many of the current squad would feature regularly in Chelsea’s dominant team between 2004 and 2012? I would warrant not that many.

. Tuchel’s long term task (is there such a thing for a Chelsea manager?) is to weed out the average players and sell them on together with the loanees who have already proved not to be good enough. If Chelsea are to consistently reach the heights of the 2004-2012 era squad then high-quality players need to be recruited to replace them. To complement this, the abundance of potential Chelsea has in players such as Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic, Reece James and Billy Gilmour to name a few needs to come to fruition quickly. Right now, it appears that the balance is all wrong. There are too many average players on the books, several past their prime and too many with potential that has yet to be reached. Timing in football is everything. Ironically, this was perhaps what Tuchel referred to in terms of the on-pitch performance against Southampton on Saturday. He bemoaned the lack of precision, decisiveness and clinical quality in the final third and rightly so. But these are traits often exhibited by players who are simply not good enough, not having the commensurate quality or are too young and inexperienced to make the right choices at the right time, instinctively. Read More Related Articles Diego Simeone is doing something at Atletico Madrid that no Chelsea manager can replicate Read More Related Articles Every word Cesar Azpilicueta said on how Chelsea stop Luis Suarez and Champions League heartache Again, this is not a new phenomenon at Chelsea if you look back over the last seven years. Many have claimed that during that period Chelsea only had two genuinely world class players - N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard. Hazard of course had the ability to win matches for Chelsea on his own and we certainly miss his drive and ability in front of goal. Kante has suffered with niggly injuries on and off for the last couple of seasons, but looked more like the player Chelsea supporters fell in love with on Saturday, winning the ball back tenaciously with the energy of a Duracell Bunny. But arguably Chelsea also has another world class player in the current squad. Mason Mount may still be a relative youngster and newcomer to this Chelsea side, but he improves with every game. Left out by Tuchel in his first match in charge against Wolves, he’s been a fixture since, belying the pathetic accusations that he only played regularly due to his bond with Frank Lampard. Mount is a technically gifted player who has the ability and quality to create and score goals as well as do the dirty work beloved of modern managers, such as tackling back and counter-pressing. More than that he is becoming a clear leader in a team bereft of them. He cares about the club and will move mountains to get them over the line. He never shirks a challenge or disappears from games because he doesn’t fancy it. Read More Related Articles Five things spotted in Chelsea training as Tuchel is all smiles and Christian Pulisic returns Read More Related Articles Every word Thomas Tuchel said on Thiago Silva, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Atletico Madrid, Luis Suarez Chelsea desperately needs more players with the quality and calibre of Mount and Kante if they are to compete for the Premier League title and Champions’ League again. Tuchel could do worse than build his team around Mount and Kante, his two world class players, but in the meantime, he has to get the best out of what he’s got. We’ll find out just how good a manager he is, or alchemist even, against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday and then a very difficult run of games against Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton, Leeds United, Atletico Madrid again and then a FA Cup quarter-final against Sheffield United. Viel gluck Tommy Tuchel; you’ll need it! David Chidgey @StamfordChidge David Chidgey is on the Board of the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust and presents the award-winning Chelsea FanCast every Monday & Friday available from Acast, ITunes, Spotify or chelseafancast.com .

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Premier league news Thomas Tuchel can't make the same mistake Jose Mourinho did with Joe Cole Last spor news


Premier league news Thomas Tuchel can't make the same mistake Jose Mourinho did with Joe Cole Last spor news


Premier league news Thomas Tuchel can't make the same mistake Jose Mourinho did with Joe Cole Last spor news


Premier league news Thomas Tuchel can't make the same mistake Jose Mourinho did with Joe Cole Last spor news

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