Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot believes club supporters might lose patience with Thomas Tuchel’s style of play but insists it is too early to complain.
Since the German coach replaced Frank Lampard in January, the Blues have found themselves in the top four and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and the FA Cup.
It was a good start in all respects, although Chelsea managed to score more than two goals in a game only once during Tuchel’s 18-game reign, when they beat Crystal Palace 4-1 on the Last weekend.
They certainly didn’t activate the style in the 1-0 loss to Porto on Tuesday night, but still got a 2-1 aggregate victory, and Saturday’s Wembley clash with Man City presents a fascinating test of tactics. of possession of Tuchel – live on talkSPORT.
Chelsea fans are well used to the substance over style approach, having enjoyed great success with Jose Mourinho and other pragmatic managers, but Melchiot insists fans will want to be entertained eventually.
The former right-back told talkSPORT at the weekend sports breakfast: “People don’t want to see you just moving the ball from side to side, waiting for something to happen. They want you to do something.
“That’s the only difference they have to get used to because that’s how he plays. He tries to get you out of your position and then to capitalize on it.
“If that doesn’t happen, it takes a little longer, and I don’t know if people will have the patience for him.
“But hey, he’s just started, and like he’s done so far, he’s done really well. People have to give him time because it is too early to complain. “
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