Chelsea have been arguably the best team in world football since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel. His famous words of wanting Chelsea to become a team that their opponents hate to face has surely come into fruition.
Taking over where club legend and hero Frank Lampard left off, Tuchel has single handedly transformed closed the gap between themselves and the champion elect Manchester City Football Club. Now, the Blues have put themselves on a perch every single week as teams will angrily look to knock them off, but how have these Blues done it? One word: defense. Since Tuchel took the reins Chelsea have managed a staggering 17 clean sheets and an even more impressive 16 goals conceded period since December. The thing that Tuchel has also made look effortless is the man management of the veteran and young academy starlets in his side, leaving him with many headaches come match day with who to pick and who to leave out, this has been the biggest challenge thus far.
Perfect example of this is the play of Marcos Alonso, who, despite his deficiencies to defend consistently, has justified his selection due to his goal tally, which is the most in the Premier League as a defender over the last five years. This fact alone has guaranteed starts over the younger Englishmen Ben Chilwell who is in his second full year with Chelsea since his departure from Leicester City. Chilwell is in magnificent form, and after the seven goal thrashing of Norwich this weekend at the Bridge, Chilwell found himself on the scoresheet for the fourth consecutive game, the first player to do that since Eden Hazard. As the injuries piled up with both Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku both picking up knocks against Swedish side Malmo, Chelsea looked the part as they won by seven goals, highlighted by a Mason Mount hat trick the first of his career and his first goal in 25 matches.
The biggest strength of the Blues, along with the depth of this Chelsea side, is Edouard Mendy. Mendy is currently among the best keepers in the world, his 96% save percentage is mind boggling in its own right along with a 89% save percentage in the UEFA Champions League since last October. Chelsea’s four goals are the least amount conceded in Champions League history.
Tuchel and the boys in blue are on a mission this year, to challenge themselves and to keep motivation high after their dominant supply saw them capture the elusive UEFA Champions League title for the second time in their history.