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Chelsea 1-0 Man City: Thomas Tuchel proving Roman Abramovich’s well-worn formula works

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When Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich proved no-one's history at the club could shield them from his ruthless pursuit of success by sacking the iconic figure of manager Frank Lampard in January, he was following a well-worn formula.

Abramovich has a habit of acting brutally but with ultimately successful outcomes – so it was no surprise that as Lampard went out of one door at Stamford Bridge, in came the experienced, proven managerial expertise of Thomas Tuchel.

Chelsea were ninth in the Premier League when Lampard was dismissed, the statement confirming his departure insisting the club was "without any path to sustained improvement".

Tuchel has had the required transformative effect. Their FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City, following on from the Champions League quarter-final victory over Porto, certainly qualifies as sustained improvement after Lampard's latter-day struggles.

Watch: Chelsea reach FA Cup final as Ziyech ends Man City's quadruple hopes

Abramovich's most spectacularly successful changing of the Chelsea guard came in March 2012, when he sacked Andre Villas-Boas after less than a year in charge and replaced him with interim Roberto di Matteo, who promptly went on to win the FA Cup and the Champions League in a quite remarkable series of events.

It was not a long-term success and Di Matteo lasted only a matter of months after his permanent appointment and those great triumphs – but could Tuchel be about to reward another Abramovich intervention in similarly successful fashion?

Tuchel carries more of a sense of permanency, if that word can ever be used about any manager at Stamford Bridge, than Di Matteo ever did and watching Chelsea subdue then overcome Manchester City so impressively at Wembley suggests a similar double is not beyond them.

Roberto di Matteo with the Champions League trophyRoberto di Matteo's reign as Chelsea boss lasted eight months

Chelsea will be favourites in the FA Cup final against Leicester City or Southampton and while Real Madrid showed their enduring class and resilience by beating Liverpool over two legs in the Champions League, Tuchel has every right to be cautiously confident against Zinedine Zidane's side.

This knockout tie against Manchester City, won by Hakim Ziyech's goal, could yet be a rehearsal for the Champions League final in Istanbul on 29 May, with the Premier League champions-elect playing Tuchel's old club PSG in their semi-final.

If that is the case, Chelsea can take huge confidence in the way their manager planned for this game and the manner in which his players carried out the strategy of closing City down and using the pace of Ziyech and Timo Werner to emerge as the better side and deserving victors.

Tuchel possesses the sort of authority and track record from his career at the likes of Borussia Dortmund and PSG to command the instant respect of his players and his record at Chelsea so far acts as the proof.

He is the first German manager to reach the FA Cup final and since his first game in charge in January, Chelsea have kept 14 clean sheets in 19 games, more than any other side in the top five European leagues. It is also one more than in Lampard's 29 games in charge this season.

Tuchel had failed to beat Guardiola in five previous attempts as a manager – two at Mainz and three at Borussia Dortmund – so everything about this win would have tasted sweet.

One look at his touchline demeanour confirms his demanding approach – a minor error from Werner bringing a full-on hop, skip and jump of fury from his manager.

Tuchel has organised Chelsea superbly at the back, City barely having a chance, while N'Golo Kante and Jorginho provide a formidable obstacle as well as creation in midfield, along with the increasingly mature and outstanding Mason Mount.

Kepa Arrizabalaga and Cesar Azpilicueta celebrateChelsea restricted Manchester City to only three shots on target

Werner's end product continues to be erratic but he unselfishly set up Ziyech's winner and those inclined to criticise his contribution since his £47.5m move from RB Leipzig may note he has been directly involved in 19 goals for Chelsea this season – 10 of his own and nine assists – which is three more than any other player at the club.

Kai Havertz only came on as a late substitute but the young German is also showing signs he is settling at Chelsea after problems with illness and form to suggest he will become a prize asset.

The main man at the moment, however, is Tuchel.

He has shown tactical expertise, restoring the influential Antonio Rudiger in defence and putting the superb Kante at the heart of his plans, while using his experience to get victories against his celebrated peers such as Jose Mourinho at Spurs, Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp, Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti and now finally Guardiola.

Confidence, momentum and form are priceless commodities at this stage of the season and as Chelsea and Tuchel set their sights on the FA Cup final, the Champions League semi-final and a place in the Premier League top four, they currently possess all three in abundance.

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Comment posted by michael, at 23:28 17 Aprmichael

23:28 17 AprAs Champions Chelsea were the first English club invited to play in the European Cup, but the FA wouldn’t allow them.

This is when Liverpool were a regular Division Two side.

Chelsea, along with Barcelona are the only two clubs to hold the EUFA Cup and European Cup at the same time.

Chelsea are the second English club to win every trophy available to a club side.

Small club, no history ?19225I

Reply posted by Info Addict, today at 00:11Info Addict

00:11to michael"As Champions Chelsea were the first English club invited to play in the European Cup, but the FA wouldn’t allow them.This is when Liverpool were a regular Division Two side.Chelsea, along with Barcelona are the only two clubs to hold the EUFA Cup and European Cup at the same time.Chelsea are the second English club to win every trophy available to a club side.Small club, no history ?"Info Addict replied: It’s a pleasure to read a comment by someone who knows their history! CAREFREE!769More replies (33)downG

Comment posted by Gazza1955, at 22:07 17 AprGazza1955

22:07 17 AprLoathed at first for replacing the legend that is Frank Lampard, Tuchel deserves respect for shaping a team which has the potential to get better and better936M

Reply posted by micky1up, today at 08:39micky1up

08:39to Gazza1955"Loathed at first for replacing the legend that is Frank Lampard, Tuchel deserves respect for shaping a team which has the potential to get better and better"micky1up replied: Footballing legend yes but an embarrassing managerial appointment338More replies (3)downH

Comment posted by hiphopanonymous, at 22:36 17 Aprhiphopanonymous

22:36 17 AprTop manager.
Chelsea lucky to have him.
Very exciting group of players.
The sky is the limit for them.
Not a Chelsea fan btw.805S

Reply posted by SIR CHARLES, today at 07:10SIR CHARLES

07:10to hiphopanonymous"Top manager.Chelsea lucky to have him.Very exciting group of players.The sky is the limit for them.Not a Chelsea fan btw."SIR CHARLES replied: honesty is appreciated.252More replies (4)downL

Comment posted by LondonsFinestClub, at 22:01 17 AprLondonsFinestClub

22:01 17 AprTuchel is still learning his trade at the top table. He is a humble but ambitious man and speaks directly and honestly. There are no mind games!. He seems strangely sane8917L

Reply posted by La mitad mas que Indio, at 22:47 17 AprLa mitad mas que Indio

22:47 17 Aprto LondonsFinestClub"Tuchel is still learning his trade at the top table. He is a humble but ambitious man and speaks directly and honestly. There are no mind games!. He seems strangely sane"La mitad mas que Indio replied: I’m sorry, what? You do realize he managed PSG, right? and got them to a CL final last season?483More replies (8)downA

Comment posted by Abu Ethan, today at 07:37Abu Ethan

07:37Well done Chelsea. Great resul. But was I the only one getting irritated at the pundits saying over and again that the Man City quadruple was on the line? Surely a quadruple is only on the line if you’ve already won three titles and are in the semis or final of the fourth. Despite their league position, City haven’t actually won anything yet. Any talk of quadruples was just sloppy681D

Reply posted by Dudley Perkins, today at 07:43Dudley Perkins

07:43to Abu Ethan"Well done Chelsea. Great resul. But was I the only one getting irritated at the pundits saying over and again that the Man City quadruple was on the line? Surely a quadruple is only on the line if you’ve already won three titles and are in the semis or final of the fourth. Despite their league position, City haven’t actually won anything yet. Any talk of quadruples was just sloppy"Dudley Perkins replied: True dat114More replies (6)downB

Comment posted by Bricksnmortar, at 22:51 17 AprBricksnmortar

22:51 17 AprI keep remembering Frank Lampard, right up to the end of his tenure, saying “we are a work in progress”. Seems now that he simply wasn’t ready. Maybe he is still a work in progress, I’m sure there will be another job and a chance to improve his knowledge if he doesn’t set the bar too high.665B

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Reply posted by bardez , today at 07:14bardez

07:14to Bricksnmortar"I keep remembering Frank Lampard, right up to the end of his tenure, saying “we are a work in progress”. Seems now that he simply wasn’t ready. Maybe he is still a work in progress, I’m sure there will be another job and a chance to improve his knowledge if he doesn’t set the bar too high."bardez replied: It’s insightful to look back at some of his last post match interviews. You get a glimpse of his arrogance and delusion. He liked to talk things right, but should have stayed at derby or gone on to a mid table premier team for a few years. Look at Gerrard at Rangers for an example. In a few years, he might be ready for liverpool. Crazy appointment from both sides, Frank and Chelsea.347More replies (9)downI

Comment posted by InvernessFan, at 22:25 17 AprInvernessFan

22:25 17 AprI hope Gilmour is given more game time. He is a good Scottish player.6441

Reply posted by -1, at 22:38 17 Apr-1

22:38 17 Aprto InvernessFan"I hope Gilmour is given more game time. He is a good Scottish player."-1 replied: He will get it I think he is going to be a Chelsea great.331More replies (5)downM

Comment posted by Michael D, today at 01:11Michael D

01:11Done well and a much better manager, sadly, than Lampard will ever be. But he is a volatile chap so it may not last.

For now he proves that the goodwill towards Lampard was well meaning but ultimately misplaced if you want to run a football squad properly

Unfortunately the clamour for home-grown managers is not going well with Rooney struggling at Derby and Parker about to relegate Fulham373E

Reply posted by ellis , today at 01:20ellis

01:20to Michael D"Done well and a much better manager, sadly, than Lampard will ever be. But he is a volatile chap so it may not last.For now he proves that the goodwill towards Lampard was well meaning but ultimately misplaced if you want to run a football squad properlyUnfortunately the clamour for home-grown managers is not going well with Rooney struggling at Derby and Parker about to relegate Fulham"ellis replied: british managers at top tier level cant outflank their foreign counterparts , just like most of our x car industry .227More replies (5)downM

Comment posted by MarkyBoy, at 22:43 17 AprMarkyBoy

22:43 17 AprAn even better bit of business was getting rid of Willian and inflicting him on Arsenal… ;-)409B

Reply posted by blue, at 22:44 17 Aprblue

22:44 17 Aprto MarkyBoy"An even better bit of business was getting rid of Willian and inflicting him on Arsenal… ;-)"blue replied: and luiz405More replies (1)downW

Comment posted by witeter, at 23:14 17 Aprwiteter

23:14 17 AprFantastic tactical match carried out by Chelsea, win totally deserved. Really enjoying Tuchels way of playing, onwards and upwards.323S

Reply posted by SammyValenteno, today at 09:47SammyValenteno

09:47to witeter"Fantastic tactical match carried out by Chelsea, win totally deserved. Really enjoying Tuchels way of playing, onwards and upwards."SammyValenteno replied: Jumping around and screaming in the technical area, is now part of the job description for all league football managers, because it shows “passion”.
The stoic, calm, seated, analytical observations from the dugout of the likes of Alf Ramsey and Bill Shankly would be unacceptable today. They would be sacked, PDQ and dismissed as uncaring.121

Comment posted by -1, at 22:48 17 Apr-1

22:48 17 AprWe have had more clean sheets than a nuns Dormitory since TT arrived and Tiger Woods Sand Wedge is a bigger club than Spurs.327B

Reply posted by blue, at 22:50 17 Aprblue

22:50 17 Aprto -1"We have had more clean sheets than a nuns Dormitory since TT arrived and Tiger Woods Sand Wedge is a bigger club than Spurs."blue replied: shame about the 5 let in against relegation favourites WBA3510More replies (3)downE

Comment posted by El_Cuervo, at 21:59 17 AprEl_Cuervo

21:59 17 AprChelsea will beat Real Madrid I fear.

GG285L

Reply posted by La mitad mas que Indio, at 22:48 17 AprLa mitad mas que Indio

22:48 17 Aprto El_Cuervo"Chelsea will beat Real Madrid I fear. GG"La mitad mas que Indio replied: You never know. I thought Bayern, before the international break, would beat PSG without sweat, but injury bug happened and the rest is, unfortunately, history.64More replies (4)downA

Comment posted by Abu Hudhaifah, today at 01:59Abu Hudhaifah

01:59Obviously Thomas Tuchel’s work at Chelsea has been remarkable. What a transformational coach. I could not imagine he is getting results with the same set of players Lampard couldn’t use. Defensively, Chelsea is the best in Europe since TT was appointed.2421

Comment posted by -1, at 22:13 17 Apr-1

22:13 17 AprYes it Sure looks like our owner has done his magic all over again long may he continue, Are you watching Spuds. another defeat next week easy City win.266M

Comment posted by matt, at 23:10 17 Aprmatt

23:10 17 AprVery happy today, well done Chelsea for stopping man city so call quadrup, very good game well organized full of confidence, go on and win champions league204S

Comment posted by Snowy, today at 07:43Snowy

07:43I was quietly confident yesterday. I am usually nervous as a kitten when we play ‘big’ clubs.
At the moment I think we are able to compete with anyone. Testing games ahead but Tuchel working with the same players as Lamps has been brilliant and never more so than yesterday.
Kepa a whole 90 mins without a howler. There is hope.150S

Reply posted by SammyValenteno, today at 09:54SammyValenteno

09:54to Snowy"I was quietly confident yesterday. I am usually nervous as a kitten when we play ‘big’ clubs. At the moment I think we are able to compete with anyone. Testing games ahead but Tuchel working with the same players as Lamps has been brilliant and never more so than yesterday. Kepa a whole 90 mins without a howler. There is hope."SammyValenteno replied: Will you be as confident, facing City a second time in the CL final???00D

Comment posted by Dabbadoo, today at 05:47Dabbadoo

05:47I almost wrote Chelsea off but then all of a sudden the engine is revving. The way they play is exciting. They posses, they challenge with dominance and they ask questions from minute 1.194E

Comment posted by East Coast Warrior, at 22:45 17 AprEast Coast Warrior

22:45 17 AprThe pundits just stuck up for their English international pal. It’s admirable in a way that they did that for a friend, but it was poor analysis and punditry.195D

Reply posted by DeepDarkBlue, today at 08:28DeepDarkBlue

08:28to East Coast Warrior"The pundits just stuck up for their English international pal. It’s admirable in a way that they did that for a friend, but it was poor analysis and punditry."DeepDarkBlue replied: Agreed…And Lineker hates Chelsea and does the bare minimum to hide it.94C

Comment posted by Clarkster, today at 06:49Clarkster

06:49Hopefully Levy watching the transformation at Chelsea and the difference a good manager can have on a team will spark action for next season. Not a Chelsea fan surprisingly, but you have to admire their turnaround from a few months ago.130G

Comment posted by Gazolba, at 23:09 17 AprGazolba

23:09 17 AprIt’s amazing what a difference a good manager can make. It’s just a shame there aren’t many good British ones. Why I wonder?143I

Reply posted by in my opinion, today at 01:24in my opinion

01:24to Gazolba"It’s amazing what a difference a good manager can make. It’s just a shame there aren’t many good British ones. Why I wonder?"in my opinion replied: Potter looks good181More replies (5)downMore commentsBack to topunknown
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