Thomas Tuchel Has Introduced A Number Of Unusual Training Methods At Chelsea
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.
Tuchel Cam :movie_camera: If his opening game in the Chelsea dugout is anything to go by, the new gaffer is quite the vocal one :loud_sound:- Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 29, 2021
Chelsea attempted 466 passes in the opening 45 minutes against Wolves, the most they have managed in the first half of a Premier League game since the 2016-17 at least.- Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 27, 2021
78.5% possession. :flushed: pic.twitter.com/ry55jAXmhx
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.
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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Tuchel made players train with (what look to be like) a size 1 football earlier.- allthingschels (@allthingschels1) January 29, 2021
He's reportedly known for making previous players train with tennis balls too.
The thought process behind it, is that players need to increase their concentration whilst using a smaller ball. pic.twitter.com/sP5FEwq5Yi
Petr putting them through their paces :muscle: pic.twitter.com/9MnSZoMGit- Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 29, 2021
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.
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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