Thomas Tuchel has not had a break this week, although most of Chelsea’s first-team squad are currently absent from international duty.
The German coach is still coming to Cobham to work with those who haven’t been selected by their countries, and it’s important to prepare for what will be a frenetic end to the campaign.
Chelsea will play at least 12 more games from now until the end of May. And that number could climb to 16 if Tuchel manages to direct the Blues to the FA Cup and Champions League finals.
So now is the time for the 47-year-old to sit away from the pressures and stresses of the day of the game and plan, analyze and evaluate the next games.
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“I’m not the kind of person who looks back, we have more time to breathe,” Tuchel told Chelsea TV earlier this week.
“We always have to think about the next practice, the next match and the next solutions.
“The international break gives you time to breathe a little. It’s good to have a few days off.
“Maybe we can use that as a little break before the decisive part of the season.”
Tuchel may be able to afford a day off or two later this week, but in a picture posted on Chelsea’s Instagram account today, the German was busy preparing for the upcoming games.
The painting provides a rare inside look at what appears to be Tuchel’s office in Cobham. And here are five things we noticed.
It hardly surprises us football.london that Tuchel’s workspace is extremely clean.
There are no scattered papers on his desk, no cup of iced tea, no box of biscuits eaten (don’t think we don’t know).
Everything is fine at Tuchel’s desk, a bit like his Chelsea.
You are always learning
Tuchel is sticking to the details and will not leave a stone unturned in his efforts to bring Chelsea success this season and beyond.
That may be why he is reviewing the position map from the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Atletico Madrid.
Why that game? Well, the colors of the dots that indicate the players match the sets worn by both sides both nights.
And there’s the fact that the red-marked team is playing with practically the last six, just like the La Liga leaders did during the 1-0 defeat in Bucharest.
Tuchel glasses with less freckles
The days of a coach standing on the touch line in a full club suit are mostly over. In their place came a new wave of coaches with an ever-widening fashion choice.
For example, Pep Guardiola often advocated for the student look of hoodies and jeans. Meanwhile, RB Leipzig boss Julian Naglesmann was far more in his clothes. As shown below.
Tuchel has made things relatively simple since arriving at Stamford Bridge. Either he went for the shopping look at Chelsea-megastore, or, for Champions League matches, he got a black coat and pants.
What we didn’t see were the glasses. So far. In the picture, they are casually scattered around Tuchel’s laptop, so he may be a little self-conscious about them. Who knows.
What’s in the bag?
Did you know that Chelsea was sponsored by the British telecommunications company 3? Well if you haven’t, there’s a pretty well-placed reminder in this picture. Purely by accident, of course.
What interests us more is the contents of the said bag. Tuchel’s lunch? His bee? Frank Lampard’s stuff?
Tuchel is full in a drawer
Peek out of the bag and you can easily spot a Tuchel drawer that looks pretty full.
Maybe it’s opposition reconnaissance reports or maybe more tactical diagrams from previous games.
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Tuchel was obviously running Ryman at some point, as he certainly doesn’t lack stationary space.
It not only seems to have a few fancy ballpoint pens, but it has plenty of highlights, whiteboard markers, and a pen or two.
Interestingly, Tuchel has only one red marker. But it is being targeted in his hand, so there may be a few details that Chelsea players will work on when everyone returns from international duty at the end of next week.