The days of Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea FC may be winding down after a series of poor and unconvincing results. The club has invested a lot in the squad this season, bringing in top new signings, but the Blues have been hit with a series of poor results.
Chelsea, once again, blundered in their opening 2022/23 Champions League on Tuesday against Dynamo Zagreb. The Croatian champions fired one into the net in the first half, enough to condemn the Blues to a shocking defeat.
This follows a controversial and scrappy win against West Ham at Stamford Bridge in their last Premier League match.
The Blues opened their 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a narrow 1-0 win over Everton. They followed that up with a dramatic 2-2 draw with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge. In their third fixture, they went crashing, suffering a shock 3-0 defeat against Leeds. They won 2-1 against Leicester City; lost 2-1 against Southampton before scrapping up a controversial 2-1 win over West Ham United.
They are currently 6th on the Premier League table; 5 points behind table-toppers Arsenal and 6 points from 18th placed team West Ham.
Amid the terrible run in the Premier League after so much investment, The Blues started their Champions League campaign with a defeat against a lowly-rated team, to further escalate an already volatile and hostile atmosphere around Thomas Tuchel.
Interestingly, Chelsea failed to concede a goal only in their first 2022/23 Premier League match against Everton. Since then, the story has been different and unpalatable for the Blues fan. In their subsequent losses and wins, they have not failed to concede goals. A shambolic defense tactic was more visible when they conceded 3 goals against Leeds at Ellan Road.
Meanwhile, new owner and interim sporting director Todd Boehly has invested so much into the team already. Chelsea were the biggest spenders in the just-concluded 2022 transfer window, with a massive percentage of net spending going into defenders.
Chelsea 2022 Summer Signings
Raheem Sterling was Chelsea’s first signing in the last transfer window. Todd Boehly paid £47 5m for the England forward. He also signed Cesare Casadei (£16m), Gabriel Slonina (£12m), Coulibaly (£34m), Carney Chukwuemeka (£20m), Cucurella (£62m), Fofana (£70m), and Aubameyang (£12m). Todd Boehly has spent a whooping £273.5m on new signings this summer alone.
Apart from big and heavy signings that is yet to reflect on the on-pitch performance of the squad, it is ironical that despite new defensive signings consuming a huge chunk of the £273.5m, Chelsea have conceded a goal in all their last six competitive matches after a 1-0 win over Everton.
Thomas Tuchel may likely see his popularity at Stamford Bridge dwindle as fans and management starts questioning his capacity to utilize highly-rated new defenders brought into the squad. What befalls Roberto Di Matteo after winning the Champions League for the Blues may likely occur if this series of abysmal performances continues.
Right from the days of Roman
Abrahimovich, the Blues are generally impatient with managers that underperform no matter how successful the managers were previously at the club. Hence, the former Borussia Dortmund manager may be shown the exit door soon if he doesn’t arrest this spiraling run of poor results quickly.
Watch: Chelsea opens 2022/23 Champions League campaign with a defeat to Dinamo Zagreb