Reece James to play in a new role for Thomas Tuchel

Reece James - Chelsea

The 2nd leg of the Champions League quarter-final match, Chelsea’s last match in this season’s Champions League has opened a lot of new gateways for their German boss. The credit obviously should be given to Tuchel as it can be considered his new invention.

It was the first leg where Chelsea got defeated by Real Madrid with a full time 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final. They had lost to Karim Benzema and Vinicious Jr as the previous name scored a hat-trick and the 2nd name made two assists directly or indirectly.

Thomas Tuchel gave Andreas Christensen a big responsibility to keep Vinicius abstaining from crucial attacks through the left-wing but Christensen failed miserably to nullify him. Thus Chelsea suffered a big defeat.

But the story of 2nd leg was something different. Though Chelsea got knocked out, they put forth a brilliant fight and almost nullified the star-studded Los Blancos attack for a whole 90 minutes. In the extra time, Real scored two goals to overcome the hurdle.

Tuchel made the decision to drop Christensen from the squad in the second leg and give Reece James the responsibility to take on Vinicius. This masterstroke acted miraculously as for the whole match Vinicius struggled to keep his head above water. The 3 man defence of the blues played really well. The one time when James was not in his position, they conceded a goal.

So if Chelsea can bring Tino Livramento who will leave Southampton this summer, into their squad they can afford James at that defending position. And also it will be a big monetary relief as Tino over Hakimi could save 31 million euros for Chelsea. Thus the new owners must take the advantage of Abramovich’s parting gift.

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