Header Ads



Tuchel and Klopp speak the same footballing language - so why are their tactics so different |both coaches are face each other for the first time in premier league.



They were both former Mainz and Borussia Dortmund Managers and will face each other for the first time in the English Premier League.

 It is not Chelsea manger's fault, of course, However, for the first 8 years of his top-flight managing career, he could've been mistaken for Liverpool Coach "Jurgen Klopp's" shadow. 

  Then in 2009, the relatively unrecognized Thomas Tuchel was the man chosen to replace Jurgen Klopp at Mainz before, 6 years later, again succeeding the charismatic trainer when Liverpool manager made up his mind to walk away from Borussia Dortmund.

  Now, Thomas has followed Jurgen Klopp to the English Premier League, although having taken in more than 2 years at (PSG) Paris Saint-Germain first, and is ready to face his 2-times predecessor when Jurgen klopp'side host Chelsea at Anfield on Thursday.

Napoli centre-back has been given a match ban

Cristiano Ronaldo marked his 600th appearance with another Goal 

   The 'German model' has gradually become the tactical blueprint for a number of top-level managers around all the Europe leagues, with Jurgen Klopp and Thomas regarded as 2 of the finest exponents of 'gegenpressing' in the modern match.

  Albeit, they do things slenderly differently. However, Chelsea manager "Thomas Tuchel" is more 'indie Option' compared to Jurgen Klopp's 'heavy metal'. 

  Their tenet of potential football paired with counter-pressing when out of possession remain similar.

  That should come as not a new things given the influence that the godfather of modern German managing, Ralf Rangnick, has had on the pair.

 The Former Schalke and RB Leipzig manager "Ralf Rangnick" is regarded as the first true exponent of 'gegenpressing', and was the man who convinced Thomas Tuchel to go into coaching when the Chelsea boss was forced to retired at the age of 25 while playing for Ralf's Ulm side.

   Present Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann also cites Ralf as a mentor, but Liverpool boss's relationship with the 62-year-old is totally different; Jurgen Klopp is a more indirect disciple. 

   When Rangnick became part of the Bundesliga, he definitely innovated," Andreas Beck, who played under both Ralf and Thomas during his time in the German top flight, He said: "We played this unbelievable pressing game with him at Hoffenheim.

   He added: It was an attacking style, with no space to breath, always running after ball on the pitch. At the beginning of the season, we were in the fight to be top of the league table. No one knew Hoffenheim, and it was something new. 

   We played Liverpool boss’s Dortmund at home and we beat them 4-1 [in September 2008]. I remember Jurgen Klopp said afterwards that we need to play like they do." From there on, Jurgen Klopp's teams generally looked to play more on the counterattack, and his subsequent triumphs, both with Dortmund and on Merseyside, are testament to his tactical prowess.

   However,  Thomas, who prioritises possession over pace, is still trying to create a top-tier team that fully and successfully defines his managing ethos, however, he did win the DFB-Pokal with Dortmund and 4 major trophies during his time at PSG (Paris saint Germain).

   Indeed, his greatest achievement arguably came at Mainz, with whom he earned promotion to the Bundesliga in his first season in charge before leading them to a fifth-placed finish and Europa League qualification 2 years later.

   Thomas made us understood that we might not be rated as the best players independently but that as a unit we could be something," Niki Zimling, who played under Chelsea manager at Mainz, Said.

   We pushed each other and demanded 100% of each other every day in training group and during match.  "That culture made the difference, and I am quite sure that is what it was.

   All days I came into the office, I thought I'd have to be at my superior or someone else would take my position. That, for me, was the superior and most intense year of my football career." 

  There's indubitably a feeling that Chelsea manager is putting a similar stamp on things at Chelsea, thought with better players.

   The 3-4-1-2 tactics he has introduced is getting the best out of the likes of Timo Werner, Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi after their independently struggles under former Blue boss Frank Lampard.

   Winning on the road against Atletico Madrid in last week's Champions League last-16 first leg showed the progress his team are making, and their outstanding improvements, coupled with Liverpool's struggles, mean they go into Thursday's encounter a point ahead of their hosts in the battle for a top-four finish this season to see them off to Champions league next Season.

   And while the 2 manager share similar styles and a friendship that has seen them conduct post-match interviews together following 1 of their previous 14 meetings, they differ in one major area.

   It is not difficult to be regarded as being cold and cerebral when compared with Jurgen Klopp, but those are adjectives that indubitably fit Thomas Tuchel's personality regardless.

  While Liverpool boss has always been loved by players and supporters alike, Thomas, while passionate, doesn't have the interpersonal skills of his long-time peer.

   That, in part, has led to fallings out with some of his superiors at Mainz, Dortmund and PSG, and though  he has so far managed to unite a squad that was previously fractured at Stamford Bridge, there is always the  concern with Thomas that things could turn sour quickly, such is his intense nature.  

Post a Comment