Thomas Tuchel’s first five Chelsea games compared to Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard amid slump


Thomas Tuchel has hit his first real bump in the road as Chelsea boss, with just one win coming in their last four Premier League matches ahead of Christmas.

The Blues had started the month top of the table but the 3-2 loss to West Ham on 4th December meant they relinquished top spot in the Premier League table.

Since then, they have been slipping further and further down the standings and at the moment, they are struggling to regain their previously imperious form ahead of the new year, although injuries and positive Covid tests have played their part.

Draws against Everton and Wolves, coupled with a few other disappointing results have put their title charge in jeopardy and despite the Champions League win of last season, there is some pressure on Tuchel going into 2022, as referenced by Jamie Carragher.

Writing for the The Telegraph, he said: “Recent history tells us it does not take much to cause a tremor at Chelsea Football Club. Where some clubs see a blip, the Stamford Bridge board tend to identify a full-blown emergency.

“You can be sure there is some anxiety within the Chelsea hierarchy after the latest setback. Those are the rules Chelsea have established with their previous managerial decisions.

“Usually, it is fans or media accused of an over-reaction after a couple of poor results. Chelsea have built a reputation of being more impatient than their top four rivals.”

He then added on the ruthless nature of the Roman Abramovich era: “This is Chelsea’s way. Rinse, repeat and keep winning,” continued Carragher.



Jamie Carragher is concerned for Thomas Tuchel, given the Chelsea board's willingness to fire managers after a short period of time in charge
Jamie Carragher is concerned for Thomas Tuchel, given the Chelsea board’s willingness to fire managers after a short period of time in charge

“Tuchel understood when he took the job that while Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola will always have the backing of their executive team if and when their team suffers a slight dip in form, at Chelsea there are sure to be private discussions at ownership level about what is going wrong after a home draw with an opponent struggling near the bottom.”

Fellow pundit Gary Neville countered this view as he believes the manager in question has ‘credit in the bank’ amid this Christmas slump.

Talking to Sky Sports, he said: “I think he’s got enough credit in the bank.

“I know it’s a club that does things very differently, but I’d hate to think that Thomas Tuchel is under pressure and they’re thinking of making a change, I can’t believe that to be the case.

“I think he’ll be a little bit worried. I think mentally when you try to get a game called off [as Chelsea did with the 0-0 draw at Wolves] and you’re then told to play it, I can’t think that will help the mindset in that game.”

Christmas has been the downfall of Lampard and previous other managers who have been in the Stamford Bridge hot seat but with ‘credit in the bank’, how does Tuchel himself compare to his previous two predecessors in his first five games and does he really have that said ‘credit’?

Thomas Tuchel’s first five games in all competitions

Wolves – 0-0 draw

Burnley- 2-0 win

Tottenham- 0-1 win



Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel won four of his first five matches in charge of Chelsea but is he under pressure after a string of disappointing results?
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel won four of his first five matches in charge of Chelsea but is he under pressure after a string of disappointing results?

Sheffield United- 1-2 win

Barnsley- 0-1 win

win percentage- 80%

Frank Lampard’s first five games in all competitions

Manchester United- 4-0 defeat

Liverpool- 7-6 penalty shoot-out defeat in Super Cup after 2-2 draw AET

Leicester- 1-1 draw

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Norwich- 2-3 win

Sheffield United- 2-2 draw

win percentage- 20%

Maurizio Sarri’s first five games in all competitions

Man City- 0-2 loss

Huddersfield Town- 0-3 win

Arsenal- 3-2 win



Maurizio Sarri enjoyed an 80 per cent win ratio in his first five games in charge of Chelsea - the same figure as Thomas Tuchel
Maurizio Sarri enjoyed an 80 per cent win ratio in his first five games in charge of Chelsea – the same figure as Thomas Tuchel

Newcastle- 1-2 win

Bournemouth- 2-0 win

win percentage- 80%

That credit in the bank is something that Neville is arguably correct about.

Maybe, Abramovich and co. should get rid of their trigger happy approach in this situation. After all, Tuchel did deliver Chelsea and their fanbase one of their most enjoyable nights in their history on the continent in Portugal with the 1-0 Champions League final win over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.





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