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Monday, March 21, 2022

The revealing stat that shows Thomas Tuchel is the ultimate cup coach at Chelsea

  Thomas Tuchel has been a rock in recent weeks for Chelsea, when they needed a leader to stand up and answer the hard questions and face...


Thomas Tuchel has been a rock in recent weeks for Chelsea, when they needed a leader to stand up and answer the hard questions and face the uncertain future of the club as a whole. He has done so time and again, only backing up his results on the pitch with his manner off of it.

It’d be hard to argue that the Blues boss hasn’t been successful in his spell of just over one-year at Stamford Bridge, winning the Champions League against all odds just months after his appointment. He then went on to add a UEFA Super Cup and a Club World Cup to his cabinet along the way.

That is all without mentioning that he guided his side to last year’s FA Cup final, this season’s Carabao Cup final as well as booking his current side into the FA Cup semi-final and Champions League quarter-final for this campaign.

The German coach has transformed the club post- transfer ban and has made the biggest of cup ties a formality at this point. Tuchel has become the ultimate cup coach in recent years, as a stat from journalist Colin Millar reveals.

The manager has reached the final of the past seven cup competitions he has entered in, with two of those being in the Champions League with Chelsea and PSG.

The win against Middlesbrough also means that he has won all 16 cup knockout ties since being hired as Blues boss, not including finals in the mix. He is also undefeated in those knockout ties since the start of the 2019/2020 season, which includes his spell at PSG.

It only outlines just how successful the 48-year-old has been in these circumstances, with his stalwart back three reducing the flow of goals against and always keeping them in any game.

The strike Force is often reliable enough to find goals in cup games too, though the lack of consistency is often what catches them out in league games and has kept them behind the pace of Manchester City and Liverpool compared to one-off games.

They have also, in most cases, made light work of lower league opposition, beating Chesterfield, Plymouth Argyle, Luton Town and Middlesbrough, where others in the “top six” have failed to do so. That could be down to the style, but equally Tuchel’s insistence of starting a strong side always gives them a better chance.

Those of a Chelsea persuasion will be hoping that run continues, with an FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace at Wembley next month as well as a Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid. Though people may continue to give them little chance of winning the European title again this season, Tuchel has shown exactly why they can once again.

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