The telling stat that shows Thomas Tuchel is Chelsea’s ultimate cup manager

Thomas Tuchel has been a rock in recent weeks for Chelsea as they needed a leader to stand up and answer the tough questions and deal with the uncertain future for the club as a whole. He’s done it time and time again, only backing up his results on the pitch with the way he does it.

It would be hard to argue that the Blues boss failed in his little over a year stint at Stamford Bridge, winning the Champions League against all odds just months after his appointment. He then added a UEFA Super Cup and a Club World Cup to his cabinet along the way.

That’s all without mentioning that he guided his side to last year’s FA Cup final, this season’s Carabao Cup final, as well as booking his current side for the semi-final of the FA Cup and the Champions League quarter-final for this campaign. The German manager has transformed the club’s post-transfer ban and made the biggest of cup ties a formality at this stage.

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Tuchel has become the cup’s ultimate coach in recent years, as a stat by journalist Colin Millar reveals. The manager has reached the final of the last seven cup competitions he has appeared in, including two in the Champions League with Chelsea and PSG.

Victory against Middlesbrough also means he has won all 16 knockout matches since joining as Blues boss, not including the finals. He is also unbeaten in these knockout ties since the start of the 2019/2020 season, which includes his move to PSG.

It only underlines how successful the 48-year-old has been in these circumstances, with his loyal back three reducing the flow of goals against and always keeping them in any game. The strike force is often reliable enough to find goals in cup games too, although the lack of consistency is often what catches them in league games and has kept them behind the pace of Manchester City and Liverpool by compared to one-off matches.

They have also, in most cases, done light work on lower league opposition, beating Chesterfield, Plymouth Argyle, Luton Town and Middlesbrough where others in the ‘top six’ have failed. to do it. It could be down to the style, but also Tuchel’s insistence on starting a strong team always gives them a better chance.

Chelsea supporters will hope that run continues, with an FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace at Wembley next month as well as a Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid. Although people may continue to give them little chance of winning the European title again this season, Tuchel has shown exactly why they can again.