Chelsea followed up their big win against Peterborough United with a comfortable 2-1 win against Bournemouth on Tuesday night.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel, again, gave opportunities to as many as 10 loan returnees. In the end, two of them (Ike Ugbo and Armando Broja) rewarded the Germany Manager of the Year with the goals that secured the win.
Alongside the impressive win, our eyes were duly fixed on Thomas Tuchel’s formation for the game.
Tactically, the German gaffer started with the following players: Kepa, Lewis Baker, Malang Sarr, Dujon Sterling, Marcos Alonso, Danny Drinkwater, Conor Gallagher, Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, and Tammy Abraham.
Tuchel then opted to go for 3 at the back, 2 wingbacks, and a lone striker in a 3-4-2-1 formation.
There you have it. Tuchel is definitely going to be playing a back 3 a lot of times this season, with the key change in shape going to come in the forward line as was seen in the second half of the win over Bournemouth.
While chasing the game, Tuchel introduced two loan returnees, switching to a 3-5-2 shape. In the end, the two forwards gifted him with the goals needed.
Probably, the former PSG boss is perfecting his preferred formation with pre-season friendlies and it’s not hard to tell he likes the style a lot!