Chelsea face Atletico de Madrid this Tuesday at 9 p.m., in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Under the leadership of Thomas Tuchel, the Blues have the Blues since they are no longer as sovereign as before.
“It’s a gift to be her trainer“said Thomas Tuchel in press conference, on February 10, about N’Golo Kanté. Returning against Sheffield on February 7 after a hamstring injury, the Frenchman was handled sparingly by the former Paris Saint-Germain coach. The German first put his midfielder on the bench, so as not to risk a relapse. After taking his trouble patiently, the French international started against Southampton on February 20, and he shone.
The former Caen player ended the match by being the player who covered the most kilometers, collected the most balls and won the most duels. This accomplished performance impressed his coach. “Kanté was amazing. He helped the team a lot with his energy and his ball recoveries were magnificent“ignited Thomas Tuchel, on Chelsea TV. Against Atletico de Madrid on Tuesday, the 2018 world champion could be associated with Mateo Kovacic in the midfield. And the Frenchman will have to prove to his coach that he has reason to have confidence in him.
History is an eternal restart for Olivier Giroud. The former Montpellier player still has to fight to prove he has his place in a team. Competing with Tammy Abraham for the number 9 position, the Frenchman is currently on the bench. But the attack is certainly Thomas Tuchel’s biggest job: the German coach is still experimenting with Timo Werner, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech or even Christian Pulisic. And for the moment, he cannot find the solution.
However, Olivier Giroud continues to fight to keep his place, he who has only been established once since the arrival of the German technician at the end of January. Against Newcastle on February 15, the former Montpellier player came into play in the 20th minute after Tammy Abraham’s injury and scored a goal, his fourth of the season in the Premier League. One way to show Thomas Tuchel that he can still perform well, even as a substitute.
Undisputed holder until mid-January under the leadership of Frank Lampard, Kurt Zouma was shelved by Thomas Tuchel. Upon his arrival, the German coach placed his trust in Antonio Rüdiger, Thiago Silva, his former captain at Paris Saint-Germain and César Azpilicueta, to build his three-way defense. And when one of the three is absent, the former BVB coach prefers to align Andreas Christensen, as against Sheffield or Newcastle.
Since the arrival of the German, Kurt Zouma has started twice: against Barnsley in the FA Cup, on February 11, and against Southampton in the Premier League, on February 20. Against Atletico de Madrid, the Frenchman should watch the match on the bench.