Will Chelsea finish top four under Thomas Tuchel? Here’s what the stats have to say
Will Chelsea finish top four under their new manager Thomas Tuchel? Here’s what the stats have to say
- Thomas Tuchel was named Chelsea’s next manager yesterday after the Blues showed Frank Lampard the door on Monday
- Tuchel has won eight trophies during his managerial career, including back to back Ligue 1 titles with PSG
- His arrival at the club will reignite hopes of the Chelsea faithful that the club will line-up among the top four come end of the season
Thomas Tuchel’s appointment as the next Chelsea manager might not prove to be enough in the club’s quest to finish in the top four come end of May.
The 47-year-old manager, who was sacked by French giants PSG last month, has been given an 18-month contract at the Stamford Bridge outfit. That makes it clear that results are expected of the manager who was sacked from his last two jobs.
Tuchel, though, won’t face the same scrutiny for the remainder of the season that his predecessor faced in the first half. After all, the side that he has inherited from Lampard, no matter how expensive, will take some time to get around their new manager plans.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the German would enjoy a six-month honeymoon period with his new club. Roman Abramovich would demand from the 47-year-old, provided he hadn’t done it already, to guide the North London outfit to a top-four finish. But doing that would be easier said than done.
Will Chelsea finish in the top four under Tuchel?
Having played 19 games already this Premier League season, Chelsea are already at midway stage of the campaign. They have accumulated only 29 points from that games and given that 69/70 points would be enough for a top four finish, would need ‘only’ 41 points from their next 19 games.
Where the problem arises for Chelsea is that only Manchester City, the team currently looking down at rest of the English top-flight from their position at the top of the table, have mustered that many points in the first-half, indicating how difficult it’s for any side to repeat that feat in the second half.
That, in turn, means that Tuchel’s first season in England might well end up with his side finishing outside the top four. How that eventuality would impact Chelsea’s plans in the next transfer window and, equally importantly, their owner’s mood, will determine the German’s fate at the club.