How Thomas Tuchel shocked Chelsea players during Newcastle half-time team talk

Thomas Tuchel has made a positive start to his Chelsea tenure (Picture: Getty)

Thomas Tuchel has made an overwhelmingly positive start to his Chelsea tenure, reuniting a dressing room that was fractured and demotivated during the final months of Frank Lampard’s ill-fated reign.

The Blues are unbeaten under their new manager, have pulled to within two points of the top four in the Premier League and are on course to qualify for the quarter finals of the Champions League following their midweek win over Atletico Madrid.

And, according to The Athletic, Tuchel’s man management style has been as instrumental to Chelsea’s upturn in form as any of the tactical tweaks he has made.

The likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, who was reduced to a bit-part role under Lampard, has returned to the fold, a move welcomed by the player and his teammates alike, while the decision to hand Kepa Arizabalaga rare consecutive starts was also taken as a sign of his willingness to ensure every member of the first team squad started life under him with a blank slate.

Tuchel’s decision to haul Callum Hudson-Odoi off against Southampton last week drew ire from some quarters, but German called the entire squad together afterwards to explain his rationale, admitting the move was, perhaps, overly harsh and showed there were no lasting recriminations by selecting the England winger in midweek.

Thomas Tuchel spoke to his squad and explained the decision to substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi against Southampton (Picture: Getty)

The former PSG and Borussia Dortmund boss also shocked his players during his half-time team talk during the recent win over Newcastle. Tuchel is said to have felt his side’s dominance was not reflected by the scoreline at the interval and told his players they would be entitled to two days off should they secure three points which they duly did with ease.

An insider told The Athletic: ‘He was giving the team talk and then suddenly said, ‘If you win this game, I will give you two days off’.

‘Everyone looked at each other thinking, ‘What the…?!’ This was the first they’d heard of it. They’d never had something like this before. It was his way of motivating them.’

Tuchel and Chelsea will face a stern test of their top four credentials, meanwhile in the week ahead with fixtures against both Liverpool and Manchester United in the space of four days.

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