Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has said performances like what was produced for their FA Cup semifinal win against Manchester City will become more common as his methods are bedded down.
Hakim Ziyech struck the only goal of the game after a superb assist from Timo Werner.
Tuchel said, “On Saturday it was very complex because the opponent demands everything of you. We escaped the pressure very well in the moments before the goal, the acceleration was excellent with Chilly and Mason on the side and then we had the good timing of the runs to attack the back of the central defenders, but there is a lot of work needed to create situations like this.”
Tuchel’s theory is that his teams want to have certain patterns they can rely on because if they have patterns, they can play quicker.
“You don’t have to always rely on your intuition,” he adds, “so we want to have certain patterns but within the patterns, the players need to be free to do their choices and use their creativity. But it must be a reliable environment, it must be reliable distances and reliable behaviour around them to be in the end creative, and to use what they think in the situation is the best choice.
“It was an excellent goal and right after we had a chance to even score a second one, but in general I was very happy because we worked very hard for this goal with quality and ball possession and we were very brave and active against the ball.”
When it came to planning what challenge Chelsea would face from Man City, Tuchel was not wrong-footed by the eight changes to their line-up Pep Guardiola made from their midweek Champions League outing.
“I expected it,” Tuchel says. “Like we had to travel from Sevilla, they had to travel from Germany but they had one day less to recover and they had to travel from Manchester to Wembley, so I expected exactly this, that they had fresh legs. Pep has been there now for four or five years so there is not much of a difference in quality no matter who they play, so we expected it more or less like this.”
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