Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Thomas Tuchel’s free transfer solution on full display as Chelsea

Moments before Chelsea’s crucial opening goal, the travelling Blues’ fans were offered a wonderful insight into the past and the future. Antonio Rudiger finished off the tie in the first half, jinxing his way past a hapless Tottenham defence, beating the flapping Pierluigi Gollini to Mason Mount’s vicious in-swinging corner and heading Thomas Tuchel’s side into full command of the semi-final.

Rudiger’s rollercoaster five seasons at Stamford Bridge looks destined to conclude when his current deal with the west Londoners expires at the end of the season.

Chelsea fans will miss the mischievous German who has managed to boil the tempers of every opposing player unfortunate enough to play on his wing.

But a matter of moments before the former Roma defender headed the Blues into an unassailable lead, his legacy became evident in a fascinating passage of play preceding his header.

Malang Sarr, the often forgotten about Blues’ defender, cheekily chipped the ball into the Spurs crowd after winning the corner which led to the goal.

The Tottenham fans in the line of fire exploded into a fit of rage, Giovanni Lo Celso rushed to confront him, and Sarr, just like Rudiger, strolled away from the situation smiling ear to ear.

Sarr has regularly looked nervous and uneasy is his Chelsea performances this season, but the fire and bite of Rudiger’s displays were more than present in Sarr’s display at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

However, Sarr is a very different player to the German. Tuchel shuffled his Chelsea deck by moving away from his favoured 3-4-3 formation and deployed his side in a 4-3-3 formation.

It worked an absolute treat. Tottenham were penned into their half by the west Londoners like sheep, and aside from some dubious refereeing calls that were reversed by VAR, Chelsea were rarely worried by Conte’s men. 

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