Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel explains tactical switch that led to winning goal against Malmo

Chelsea got a routine 1-0 victory over Malmo in the Uefa Champions League last night.IMG 20211103 020409

Of course the Blues were not at their best but they managed to scrape the victory courtesy of Hakim Ziyech’s solitary effort in the second half.

With the scores goalless at halftime, Chelsea tweaked things a little bit as Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi swapped positions on both flanks of the pitch with the former switching from right to left while the latter switched from left to right.

It was a switch that paid off as Ziyech tapped in the only goal of the night at the far post following a beautiful Hudson-Odoi cross from the right flank. IMG 20211103 020400

Thomas Tuchel speaking post match revealed what gave rise to that switch but the German did first of all give credit to his assistant whose idea it was.

Thomas Tuchel “All the credit to my asisstant, He had the idea at half time” 

Thomas Tuchel: “We had the feeling that maybe when we enter into the spaces behind their back five, they defended a low block, we would lose seconds if Callum or Hakim had to switch back. We thought maybe we can enter and save important tenths of a second.”

Quite a brilliant idea from Tuchel’s staff there as it was one that really paid off in the Chelsea attack. Evidentially, Chelsea’s only goal on the night came from a first time cross from the right flank.

It’snowtime for Chelsea to regroup and prepare ahead of their weekendpremier league fixture against Burnley with the Blue looking to maintain their stay at the top of the premier league.