Thomas Tuchel revealed why he changed from a back three to a back four in the second half against Barnsley

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.

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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.

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