Three changes Tuchel has made at Chelsea to give them real top-four aspirations

Thomas Tuchel’s subtle changes at Stamford Bridge have helped heal Chelsea following the departure of Frank Lampard – putting the club back on path for Champions League qualification.

The former PSG and Borussia Dortmund boss has won seven of his first 10 fixtures in his latest role, winning five of his eight Premier League outings before the visit of Everton.

Although the 47-year-old has not been able to make any changes in key personnel, senior stars have already had plenty of praise for his methods, as have former pros.

Daily Star Sport have taken a look at three changes that have come into effect under Tuchel, and how he has banished the poor form that led to Lampard’s departure.

Three is a magic number

As pointed out by former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle, Tuchel has stuck by his three at the back system and has managed to get the best out of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

Hoddle said: “He’s kept the same shape, that’s the difference. Frank used the back three at times, and then he’d shift it back to a four.

“Tuchel has kept this system with the back three, wing backs and two inside forwards. He’s got the right people to keep swapping.”

Experience over youth

Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso have both played key roles since Lampard was replaced by Tuchel, who might value experience ahead of youth when he thinks it to be necessary.

Olivier Giroud has also been a regular with Tammy Abraham frozen out.

Although Reece James is one player who has been in and out of the team, he has good things to say about his manager before their clash against Everton.

“He is very funny and very passionate because he wants to win,” James told the club’s website.

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    Details of the incentives offered by Tuchel have started to emerge in recent weeks, with a half-time promise during the eventual win over Newcastle raising eyebrows.

    “He was giving the team talk and then suddenly said, ‘If you win this game, I will give you two days off,’”, a source told The Athletic back in February.

    They continued: "Everyone looked at each other thinking, ‘What the…?!’ This was the first they’d heard of it. They’d never had something like this before. It was his way of motivating them.”

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