When ‘tinkermen’ is mentioned in football, the first name that comes to mind is Chelseais a former coach Claudio Ranieri. But for all the continuous experiments of the Italians, he got stuck in one starting lineup the day before Leicester City’s fairy tale premier league triumph in 2016
Five years later, another manager claims the Tinkerman label, this time a new one Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel. The Blues manager still won’t lose since joining more than a month ago, but his penchant for cutting and changing the team list was too obvious.
Chelsea have not played the same starting line-up in consecutive games since the German took over. Except for Edouard Mendy, who held the sticks in most games, everyone else dropped at one point or another.
The last three Blues have seen Antonio Rudigre, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Cesar Azpilicueta selected and rejected for matches with cheeky ease.
Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso also had to fight for side wing positions, while the attacking trio also continues to change with each passing game.
Chelsea are dropping points against Leeds
On Saturday, Chelsea failed to beat Leeds United in a match that underwent numerous changes in their starting line-up. This is the third time in five games that Chelsea have failed to win.
The Blues may still be among the top four, but their position is not currently secured. If West Ham United, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool were breathing down their necks, a win against Leeds would strengthen their scorer in the final four.
Unlike Marcel Bielsi, Chelsea looked like a separate team. Their front three Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz failed to come to the party, and the Blues struggled to create significant chances for most of the game.
How Thomas Tuchel’s luggage hurts Chelsea
Chelsea undoubtedly have a very large team, but Thomas Tuchel’s constant tampering starts to hurt them. No matter how well a player plays, there seems to be no guarantee that he will start in the next game.
For example, Kai Havertz was impressive in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Everton last week when he played like no. 10. But the German is deployed as a fake striker against Leeds.
For a player struggling this season, it would be prudent to give Tuchel Havertz an extended run in no. 10 roles that will build on his performance from last week.
Currently, from defense to attack, there is no consistency in the club, and constant tampering affects the team’s telepathy and rhythm.
It is acceptable for managers to change their lineups, but this becomes detrimental to the team when the starting lineup changes every game. Tuchel may not have lost yet, but his constant tampering is starting to hurt Chelsea, as seen in some of their recent results.