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Thomas Tuchel Has Introduced A Number Of Unusual Training Methods At Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel Has Introduced A Number Of Unusual Training Methods At Chelsea

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is known for using unorthodox coaching methods - and it hasn't taken him long to introduce a number of unusual drills at the club's Cobham training facility this week.

The 47-year-old, who was announced as Chelsea boss on Monday after the club decided to sack Frank Lampard from his role as first team coach after 18 months seasons in charge, was thrown into the deep end against a strong Wolves outfit just two days later.

It was evident that despite having such little time to have an impact on his new team, Tuchel was clear in his methods. Chelsea had 78.9% possession and completed 820 passes against Nuno Espirito Santo's side; the highest since 2003/04 for a manager in their first Premier League game.

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Even at this early stage of his reign at Stamford Bridge the German coach is clearly trying to stamp his unique and innovative style on the club, especially around the training ground, where first team players have been spotted playing with a mini football in keep-ball sessions.

The 'Size 1' balls have been introduced by Tuchel to help improve their control and the accuracy of their tackles.

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Chelsea goalkeepers Petr Cech and Edouard Mendy were also spotted using Rucking Shields to improve physicality.

Tuchel, meanwhile, will likely ask his defenders to hold tennis balls in the future to stop shirt pulling. He has also been known to shape pitches into diamonds to encourage diagonal runs.


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Training ground footage from Thomas Tuchel's time at Bundesliga side Mainz 05, meanwhile, will give Chelsea supporters a further insight into what the German coach will be like on a day-to-day basis at Cobham.

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This clip from his time in Germany suggests Chelsea players will see a very animated figure behind the scenes.

In the below YouTube footage, a livid Tuchel can be seen ripping into his team during a keep-ball session in training.

But this isn't the only time Tuchel showcased his fiery side in training. Ahead of Mainz's clash against HSV in the Europa League, the German manager can se seen implementing his high standards in a session as he shouts at striker Shawn Parker.

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Thoughts on Tuchel's incoming appointment at Chelsea? Is he right man to take the club forward?

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Featured Image Credit: Chelsea FC/Twitter

Topics: Training, Football News, Chelsea, Football, Thomas Tuchel

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Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.