A look into Thomas Tuchel tactics, and coaching career

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Thomas Tuchel tactics are one of the best in Europe. He is a highly regarded coach in Europe and his stock has increased after leading Chelsea to the Champions League final

Playing career

German-born Thomas Tuchel is the current boss of Chelsea. The 48-year old tactician had a brief playing career as a defender. He appeared for teams such as the Bundesliga II side, Stuttgarter Kickers, He also had brief stints at SSV Ulm, but retired at 24 due to injury.

Coaching career

Tuchel was inspired by Rangnick early in his career when he hired him to work with the youth setup at Stuttgart. Due to his combative attitude, his employer will release him.

He will go to Augsburg II and led them to a fourth-place finish.


He switched to Mainz and worked briefly with the youth team before being promoted to the first team. He overachieved at Mainz, using his tactical prowess to address obvious team deficiencies and lack of depth.

He will steady the ship at Mainz achieving 9th in the 2009/10 season, a best-ever 5th place in the 2010/11 season before a 13th placed finish in the next two seasons.

His records at Mainz stand at 72 wins, 45 draws, and 66 losses in 183  matches before leaving on his own request in 2014.

Borussia Dortmund

He replaced his mentor, Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund in 2015. His first season at Signal Iduna Park ended trophyless, but he won the DFB-Pokal in the second and his final season at Dortmund before being dismissed over a dispute with the club hierarchy especially CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke. He won 69, drew 20, and lost 18 in 107 matches for Dortmund.


In 2018, he will move to PSG on a 2-year contract. He will go on to coach most of the biggest names in football in a star-studded PSG team. Neymar, Mbappe was the star attraction of the ambitious PSG project. His tenure failed short in securing the coveted Champions League trophy for the Parisiens.

They lost to Manchester United in the knockout round in his first season and lost to Bayern Munich in the final in his second season. He will be relieved of his duties in December 2020 with a record of 96 wins, 11 draws, and 20 losses in 127 games. He won two Ligue 1 championships, one Trophée des Champions, and one Coupe de France.

Thomas Tuchel tactics at PSG were at some point put under scrutiny mostly due to their failures in Europe.


Chelsea signed him on 26 January 2021 to replace Frank Lampard after spending 2 and half years at PSG. He is the first-ever German coach for Chelsea.

His Chelsea career has been a successful one. He brought solidity to a Chelsea team that leaked a whole lot of goals by going on 14 matches without losing. He also led Chelsea to a fourth-place finish after a poor start to the season.

He reached the FA Cup final losing to Leicester City in the final. He will have the last laugh as he won over Manchester City to win the Champions League final that has eluded him in the year prior at PSG. He has since added the UEFA Super Cup after defeating the Spanish side, Villareal.

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Chelsea set up against Liverpool shows how Thomas Tuchel set up his team

Thomas Tuchel tactics

Thomas Tuchel has used different formations and setups in his career. He is very innovative and creative with his plans. Tuchel seems to utilize the 4-3-3 formation, sometimes switching to a 4-2-2-2.

Thomas Tuchel tactics use a gegenpressing, or counter-pressing popularised by Klopp, a style in which a team fights for and wins the ball once it is lost. This is done by swarming around the opponent with the ball.

At Chelsea, he seems to favor a 3-4-2-1 formation. It offers a defensive solidity and shape to Chelsea. This has dramatically improved Chelsea from a defensive point of view with Christensen, Rudiger becoming more improved players.


Thomas Tuchel won the Champions League with Chelsea FC in the 2020/2021 season becoming the fifth German since the rebranding of the European Cup to the Champions League. Jurgen Klopp, Hansi Flick, Jupp Heynckes, Ottmar Hitzfeld are the other coaches to have achieved this feet.

Tuchel has taken PSG to the Champions League final, the prior season before losing to Bayern Munich in the final.

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