Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero has aimed a dig at former boss Frank Lampard when comparing his style of play to new coach Thomas Tuchel’s.
Caballero has explained that Lampard has a “more direct idea of the game”, while Tuchel’s philosophy is “more about combining, playing with the ball” and that Chelsea “create more” now that he is in charge.
Lampard was sacked as Chelsea manager in January after the Blues had slipped to ninth in the league table, with Tuchel replacing him a day later.
Since the German’s appointment, Chelsea have gone unbeaten, moving up to fourth and reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.
In an interview with 90min, Caballero explained the differences between the two managers, saying: “Obviously talking about the coach, what one does well and what the other does well, is uncomfortable because they are there for something.
“If we have to have them as coaches, it is because they are good. They convince you of the football they want to carry out and we are the workers, the ones who carry out that plan.
“Undoubtedly, with Frank, we had a more direct idea of the game, basically English football. To attack fast, attack on the wings, move centrally or attack on one side and finish on the other but with quite a bit of verticality.
“The football he liked was very dizzying, with quick movements of the ball. He also liked attacking and counter-attacking.
“Now with Tuchel, it’s more about combining, playing with the ball. We create more. He almost tells us how the match will develop, where the opponent’s key aspects are, their strengths and their weaknesses.
“With his ideas, from how he has achieved his teams to play well, he says to us what players we would need to be more involved in order to play brighter and follow his plan. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but the idea of playing [is there].”