Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea were surprisingly dominated and outplayed by a Championship side in the first half yesterday and the Chelsea boss didn’t hesitate to respond at the break as he removed two players from the game and switched from a back three to a back four.
In the second half, Chelsea got more control a bit on their self and were able to grab one goal through Tammy Abraham. This goal saw them win the game 0-1 to an unlucky Barnsley and progressed to the FA Cup quarter finals in the process where they will take on Sheffield United next.
When Tuchel was asked by journalist why he made those changes and switch at half time, the Chelsea boss claimed Andreas Christensen had a little headache and had to be taken off while Alonso was taken so Chelsea can switch to a back four and try to deal with Barnsley’s first press and getting the ball into the upper areas of the pitch more.
We changed to a back four and took Marcos [Alonso] out for this tactical change. Andreas [Christensen] had to go out because he had a headache. The changes made it a little easier to get into the opponents half and overcome the first press.