Thomas Tuchel: Can Chelsea boss find goals after restoring Blues harmony?

has led to a cautious transition, with 12 games unbeaten in all competitions and only two goals conceded.

But as the team approaches the business end of the season, starting with the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, could it be time for the former Paris St-Germain boss to narrow in on his best team in the search for more goals?

Switching to three centre-backs has clearly tightened up the defence, yet scoring has proven more difficult with a drop to 1.1 goals on average per game compared to 2.1 under Lampard.

As former Chelsea left-back Graeme le Saux tells BBC Sport: “If you’re only scoring one goal a game, it is a very small margin of error if you concede, and over time that will put a strain on the defence if you’re not taking more of your chances.”

It’s an issue which might prove crucial if the club has plans to win the Champions League.

And it is perhaps one of the reasons why the club has been linked with prolific Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, although Tuchel said on Saturday there was “no need now” to reflect on summer transfer targets.

So how does Tuchel find the best solution without disturbing the club’s current equilibrium?


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