Former England Boss Defends Tuchel's Tactics, Says Chelsea are not a Defensive Team

Former England Boss Defends Tuchel's Tactics, Says Chelsea are not a Defensive Team

  • Glen Hoddle has lauded Chelsea's five-star showing against Juventus as they breezed past their Italian counterparts in the Champions League
  • The former England manager believes Thomas Tuchel's men are not a defensive team but are free-flowing at times
  • The European champions are also topping the group in the Premier League scoring 30 goals in 12 appearances so far

Glen Hoddle has praised Chelsea's performance against Juventus in the Champions League after dispatching their group rivals by 4-0 at Stamford Bridge, Sports Keeda.

Despite leaving Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner on the bench against Juve, the English side did not have anything to worry in their attacking line.

The likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kai Havertz and Mason Mount stepped their game in the absence of Lukaku and Werner in recent weeks.

Hoddle defends Tuchel's tactics
Glen Hoddle defends Tuchel's tactics, says Blues are not a defensive team. Photo by Mike Hewitt
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And the former England national team coach also stated that Thomas Tuchel's tactics this season as claimed by critics, stressing that the Blues are a free-flowing instead.

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The west London club have scored 30 goals in 12 Premier League matches this campaign and have conceded just four.

What Glen Hoddle said

The former Chelsea player-coach believes the Blues are a difficult side to break down and have the ability to score more goals against tough oppositions.

The legendary coach told BT Sports:

"They actually score goals, are free-flowing at times, but they're just good at defending. He's organised this team and they're difficult to break down. If they need to go into a back five [from a back three], they do. It's only Manchester City this season that I've seen outplay Chelsea."

Chelsea legend Joe Cole praises Reece James' 5-star performance against Juventus

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Joe Cole has been waxing lyrical on Reece James' performance against Juventus in the Champions League, Daily Mail, Express UK.

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The Chelsea wing-back scored the Blues second goal in emphatic fashion after bringing the ball down with his chest before firing home the ball past Wojciech Szczesny into the back of the net.

And Blues legend Cole has described the 21-year-old as an absolute 'machine' after witnessing his 'strength, athleticism and technical ability.

Chelsea thrash Juventus 4-0 to go top of the group

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that it was a fight to finish at the Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night as Chelsea wallopped their Italian opponents Juventus 4-0 in an interesting Champions League game, Guardian reports.

With Juventus already qualified for the next round, Chelsea only needed a draw to cruise as well, and their walloped their opponents.

Chalobah opened the scoring in the 25th minute when Ziyech swung a corner from the left into the box, Rudiger got a head onto it and it fell to Chalobah eight yards out, he hit it on the half-volley and it rubbed off Szczesny and the bar, before dropping into the net. 1-0 Chelsea.


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