CHELSEA boss Thomas Tuchel and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp have both had similar management journeys on their way to being head coach of a top team in the Premier League.
Klopp has always been a little bit ahead of Tuchel in terms of progress; being the manager of Mainz in the Bundesliga before Tuchel then had the same job a few years later.
Thomas Tuchel got the better of Jurgen Klopp this eveningCredit: Reuters
Both managers are similar in style, tactics, and how they setup their teams with an attacking and high intensity philosophy.
Tuchel is brand new to the Premier League, a competition that his German counterpart won last season with Liverpool.
But tonight at Anfield, Tuchel came out of the shadow of Klopp and tactically out-foxed his fellow German by beating his Liverpool side 1-0 in their own backyard.
Tuchel’s key decision was deciding to use Timo Werner as the main man up top, who is ironically a player that Klopp wanted to sign at Liverpool before he arrived at Chelsea in the summer.
But opting for Werner against Liverpool’s high line defence and using his direct pace to get in behind, was pretty much what won them the match. He was a problem for Liverpool all game, a real problem.
The German international didn’t get the goal, but he was a threat in behind with the long ball and it set the tempo for Chelsea and how they would eventually get their winner
It was Mason Mount who got the goal, but it came from a similar pattern of play with a long ball and Chelsea counter attacking Liverpool’s high line and high press.
Tuchel will also be thankful for how solid and important his defence and two pivot midfielders were tonight.
The German duo go back many years from their time in the BundesligaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Mason Mount celebrates bagging Chelsea’s winnerCredit: AP:Associated Press
Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante, and Jorginho were all superb for Chelsea tonight, and it was a game where all their players really stepped up to get the win.
It was a huge three points for Tuchel and Chelsea, but a very much deserved three points.
Liverpool and Klopp didn’t really have anything to threaten Tuchel and Chelsea tonight, and this was largely down to the great work the new boss has done to sure up the Blues defence, and the tactic of using pace up front to get the best of their opponent’s high line.
There will be many more meetings between Tuchel and Klopp in the future, but for now this is very much advantage Tuchel.
Timo Werner caused Liverpool problems with his direct runningCredit: PA:Press Association
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