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Hoddle pulls apart Tuchel Chelsea tactics: 2 keys - plus runners, shrewd picks

Former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle says manager Thomas Tuchel has been "shrewd" with his team selection since taking over and the system he's employed.

Hoddle admits he's been impressed by Tuchel's tactics and utilisation of Chelsea's squad depth, dismissing claims the upturn in results since the German's arrival was only due to the 'new manager bounce'.

Instead, Hoddle admits he's been impressed by the tactical changes he's brought to the team since replacing former Blues manager Frank Lampard.

He said on his podcast, 'The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show': "I have to say he's done a fabulous job. What he's done he's changed it to a back three... and he doesn't get them to change often to a back five. It depends on the opposition and the time of the game. But with the ball, it suits them down to the ground.

"But with the depth of the squad, he's used that really shrewdly. It's not been rotation. It's been a very thoughtful process of who they're playing against and what style of wing-back do they need on any given day - and what style of inside-forward players they need. That's been the key. That's the two key positions.

"He's picked the right player for the right game.

"They've gone away and won at Tottenham. They've gone away and won at Liverpool, as they have against Atletico Madrid."

Hoddle believes Tuchel's approach and management of the Chelsea squad is now bringing out the best in what was put together over the summer. The former Chelsea star stating the players are clearly responding to what their new manager is asking of them.

He continued: "He's done an excellent job. They look like a really, really good footballing outfit, they really do.

"Y'know Thiago (Silva) pulled a hamstring against Tottenham, he was playing some wonderful football for him, and we haven't seen him since. But (Andreas) Christensen has come in and has done a fabulous job in there.

"Everyone is playing to what you're always looking for as a manager, individually getting 8 or 9 out of 10. That keeps your team performance up there at 9 out of 10 - and you win football matches by doing that."

Further breaking down Tuchel's system, Hoddle says the key has been the manager has stuck with the back three, rather than returning to a back four as Lampard would do.

He added: "What he's done is he's kept this back three, with wing-backs and two inside-forwards. He has the right player to keep swapping them. He has runners in there, who can run off the ball and you have others who want the ball to feet and are always available.

"(Hakim) Ziyech and (Kai) Havertz aren't runners off the ball, but you'll have (Mason) Mount in there, (Callum) Hudson-Odoi. They're runners. They'll take the ball to feet, but they're also prepared to run in from behind. So he has some lovely little options.

"He's (Tuchel) kept the same shape, the same spine to the team , but made little changes here and there. They're playing some brilliant football, they really are."

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