There has been a feeling since his arrival in west London Thomas Tuchel has been one step ahead of everyone.
Be that his coaching counterparts, own supporters or the wider footballing world, for all of his humility and charm Tuchel definitely gives off the vibe he’s one bad scientific experiment away from being Spider-Man’s next villain.
Though this very intelligent mind is now not only benefiting Chelsea on the pitch with the current first-team squad, but in games, the Blues are not even involved with as their closest Premier League rivals have faltered. And some of those games have been majorly influenced by players who were at Cobham over the summer.
Looking at where both Liverpool and Manchester City have stumbled has Chelsea fingerprints all over it considering Southampton, Crystal Palace and Southampton have all prevented one of their rivals from picking up maximum points.
Chelsea’s Young Player of the Season Tino Livramento was sold to Southampton in the summer with a future buyback clause inserted by Marina Granovskaia. Livramento has been a standout figure in Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side and he was involved in the Saints impressive 0-0 draw at the Etihad in September. The 18-year-old also was praised for his showing in Southampton’s 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United on the second weekend of the season.
Probably the best performing loan player from Chelsea this year has been Conor Gallagher who joined Crystal Palace in late July for the campaign after having conversations with Thomas Tuchel in pre-season over his playing time.
“He is not hard to follow because he is standing out every single matchday so it’s an easy one to follow and credit to him.” Tuchel said before Chelsea’s draw with Burnley last weekend.
“We had long talks in pre-season and we imagined he could stay and fight for his place here. But we decided that when the talks came up with Patrick Vieira at Crystal Palace, he understood the role he could have in the Premier League at the club. He wanted to take the challenge.”
The English midfielder has performed at a brilliant level for Patrick Vieira’s new look Eagles outfit, most notably scoring the second at the Etihad in October to condemn Pep Guardiola’s Champions to their second league defeat of the season. A result that meant Chelsea moved five points clear of Manchester City.
Lastly is Kurt Zouma, who was sold to West Ham in August after it was clear the French defender would not get consistent minutes under Tuchel at Stamford Bridge. The Hammers bought the 27-year-old for under £30m and he has slotted into a defence which has provided the backbone for a brilliant start to the season, leading to David Moyes handing Jurgen Klopp his first loss in the Premier League since March.
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A frantic Sunday clash was decided by Kurt Zouma’s powerful header which increased the hosts lead to 3-1, securing a huge win to take the East Londoners above Liverpool heading into the international break, a result that also meant Chelsea increased their current gap over Liverpool to four points.
Tuchel continues to win on the pitch for Chelsea, but some of his forgotten calls could continue to pay dividends in the coming weeks as he hopes to maintain the top spot.
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