Thomas Tuchel offers fresh direction and glimpse of hope for Havertz | Barney Ronay


During a 0-0 draw with Wolves, Chelsea’s new manager was probably the most animated presence inside Stamford Bridge

Welcome, then, Thomas. At times such as these it is traditional to say something along the lines of: “If the manager wasn’t aware of the task facing him in the white heat of this, the English Premier League, then he will be now.” These are of course anything but ordinary times. But at the end of this enervating, slow-burn 0-0 draw with Wolves, during which Chelsea’s new appointment was probably the single most animated presence inside Stamford Bridge, it seemed unlikely Thomas Tuchel would find himself struggling with the fabled “intensity” of English football.

Instead a debut Tuchel selection reconfigured into an attacking back three looked quite a lot like the last few selections of the sadly departed Frank: a team still baffled by its own shadow, and lacking clear idea of how it wants to play. As is often the case on these occasions, the greatest point of interest was the new head coach himself, this agreeably angular and awkward footballing technocrat who seemed determined to make an uncharacteristically breezy first impression.

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