How Tuchel ripped up Lampard's Chelsea XI by recalling outcasts and equalled incredible Mourinho record after six games

THOMAS TUCHEL has ripped up Chelsea's starting XI on his way to a flying start at Stamford Bridge.

The German boss has won five of six games in charge at Stamford Bridge and has a near identical record to Jose Mourinho.


Both managers won five and drew one of six matches and conceded only one goal in the process.

Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager last month, and he's replaced a lot of the starting XI too.

The ex-PSG boss has switched to three at the back and called on some players who were frozen out under Lampard.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, for example, has been deployed at right wing back by Tuchel.

He has made 14 starts this season – but began just 31 per cent of games in charge under Lampard compared to 83 per cent with Tuchel as manager.

Antonio Rudiger's stats are similar, with 28 per cent of starts during Lampard's tenure this season and 83 per cent under Tuchel.

Marcos Alonso started only 10 per cent of Lampard's games in charge this season, but he's been in the team for 67 per cent of Tuchel's matches.

But some players haven't been so lucky under the new manager.

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Kurt Zouma, for example, started 72 per cent of Lampard's games this season but only one match under Tuchel.

N'Golo Kante has also only started once since the German took charge, compared to 66 per cent of Lampard's matches.

Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz have also only started once since Tuchel stepped into the hottest.

The initial results of Tuchel's methods have been brilliant for Chelsea with four league wins out of five to move up to fourth in the Premier League.


The Blues also have an FA Cup quarter-final date with Sheffield United to look forward to after beating Barnsley.

Tuchel's win percentage after six games of 83 is up there with the best to have ever managed the Blues.

And that includes Mourinho, who guided Chelsea to back-to-back titles in his first spell after being appointed in 2004.

Monday's 2-0 win over Newcastle means both bosses won five of their first fix games in charge.

Carlo Ancelotti also won five and drew one of his first six games in charge – like Tuchel and Mourinho – but with a more free-scoring approach.

Tuchel's side and Mourinho's 2004 Blues both conceded just one goal in six games.

Guus Hiddink also won five and drew one of his first six matches.

Maurizio Sarri won five games as well, but he also lost one of his first six matches.

Chelsea's brilliant form under Tuchel comes just in time to face runaway Spanish leaders Atletico Madrid in the Champions League next week.

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