Surprising key behind Thomas Tuchel’s success at Chelsea identified

Michael Dawson believes Chelsea’s success under Thomas Tuchel can be attributed to the club’s formidable defence.

Since Thomas Tuchel has taken over at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have had the best defensive record in the Premier League and the club are yet to concede a goal from open play this season.

Tuchel’s five at the back formation has often paid dividends and it has secured a second Champions League title with the German overcoming Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in order to lift the coveted trophy.

Speaking on Sky Sports, former Premier League defender Michael Dawson has suggested that Tuchel’s defence does not get the credit they deserve – and says they are the secret to Chelsea’s success.

“Reece James, Alonso the other side, Chilwell who they paid big money for, Azpilicueta you captain the team at his age you play, wherever you play, he slots in and that’s why he’s captain. He’s done it many years. Mendy in goal,” Dawson said.

“You sign Lukaku for that sort of money but fundamentally you have to keep the ball out of the net and defenders don’t get the credit they deserve because the attacking players get paid all the money, credit. Defenders – without them you wouldn’t the success at the top of the field.”

Chelsea are on a mission to return the Premier League trophy to Stamford Bridge.

The transfer window is over and the season is well underway

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A big victory against Aston Villa would be enough to take them top of the Premier League table, level on points with Manchester United.

Even without Reece James, Tuchel has fielded a strong defensive line-up against Aston Villa. With the likes of Azpilicueta, Christensen and Chilwell on the bench, Chelsea’s defensive depth is clear for all to see.

Only time will tell whether it will be the key factor that helps them secure the long-coveted league title.

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