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Michael Ballack: Thomas Tuchel can shape an era at Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel can create a new era at Chelsea if he is given enough time to implement all his ideas and philosophies at Stamford Bridge, according to Michael Ballack.

Thomas Tuchel can create “a new era” at Chelsea if he is given enough time to implement all his ideas and philosophies at Stamford Bridge, according to Michael Ballack.

Tuchel replaced club legend Frank Lampard as manager of the Blues in late January and has made a good start in the hotseat with two wins in three games without conceding a goal. They won 1-0 at London rivals Tottenham in their most recent fixture.

Former Chelsea midfielder Ballack thinks Tuchel could be an ideal fit at his old club and be the manager who truly establishes himself to end the merry-go-round of coaches under Roman Abramovich.

Speaking to Stats Perform News, Ballack said: “Thomas Tuchel has clear ideas about what he wants and how he wants to play. He showed at Paris Saint-Germain that he can handle difficult characters.

“If he wins games, he can get some breathing space and maybe be the coach who will leave his mark there in the long term in order to shape an era at Chelsea.”

One problem Tuchel must solve is Timo Werner, who has struggled for goals and form since his big-money move from RB Leipzig in the summer.

Former Germany captain Ballack thinks Werner must adapt to the style of play of Chelsea and the Premier League, which is different to that at Leipzig and in the Bundesliga, while also using his physical attributes and continuing to put himself in good positions to find a breakthrough goal as soon as possible.

Ballack said: “Werner started off pretty well. Of course, if you aren’t scoring as a striker, then it is hard on the self-confidence.

“I believe it is very hard for him overall, as he was used to playing differently at Leipzig. He had a lot more space in front of him. Chelsea is the kind of team that has a lot of ball possession, wanting to dominate the opponent. Maybe even more so with Tuchel.

“Maybe he has to work on his playing style a little bit or try to get himself into better positions. As a striker you are depending on your team-mates to find you and if the goal drought ends, then he will be able to get back to his old form.

“He used to have good phases with the national team, using his physical presence and power to break down the wing. So when his goal drought ends, then things will go better again.”

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