Thomas Tuchel’s first recreation answerable for Chelsea resulted in a 0-Zero draw at residence to Wolverhampton within the Premier League on Wednesday. The German coach was employed on Tuesday because the substitute for the fired Frank Lampard, giving him only one coaching session to get his strategies over to the gamers.
Tuchel shook up the group he inherited from Lampard by altering formation — to a 3-4-2-1 — and his want for a extra possession-based method was evident from the beginning, however Wolves performed defensively and proved a cussed first opponent at Stamford Bridge.
The purpose moved Chelsea as much as eighth however the end result highlighted the duty dealing with Tuchel as he seeks to get the group again into the highest 4 and qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League, a minimal requirement for the membership owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.
Tuchel’s new techniques included deploying winger Callum Hudson-Odoi as a wing again and enjoying two No. 10s, in Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech, behind lone striker Olivier Giroud.
Timo Werner stayed on the bench, the place he was within the ultimate days of Lampard’s tenure, and was joined there by midfielder Mason Mount — just about an ever-present this season — and American winger Christian Pulisic. Whereas Mount and Pulisic got here on, Werner was an unused substitute.
Eighty-six % possession
Chelsea’s gamers monopolised possession — it was 86 % in its favour within the opening 15 minutes and 79 % by the ultimate whistle — however struggled to interrupt via or get behind a packed Wolves defence.
Certainly, the visiting group got here closest to scoring a winner when Pedro Neto bundled his means into the world, just for his scooped shot to soar over Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and hit the highest of the crossbar.
Chelsea peppered Wolves’ aim within the ultimate 10 minutes, with Mateo Kovacic curling a long-range shot in opposition to the surface of the publish and Hudson-Odoi bringing a flying save out of goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
Within the final motion of the sport, Havertz’s goalbound header was deflected broad of the publish and the German had his head in his fingers as the ultimate whistle blew.
Chelsea has gained simply two of its final 9 video games.