Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has three problems to solve over international break
Chelsea might be sitting top of the Premier League but not all is perfect at Stamford Bridge and Thomas Tuchel has some problems to solve over the international break.
Chelsea are going into the international break with a tinge of regret after a 1-1 draw against Burnley on Saturday.
It was a small bump in the road for the Blues but Thomas Tuchel will be determined to make sure it does not spiral out of control.
Despite dropping points, the west London side remain top of the Premier League – three points ahead of Manchester City and West Ham.
However, there are some crucial matches coming up after the international break including against Manchester United, Juventus and Leicester.
So, what does Tuchel need to solve soon over the next week?
Absolutely No. 1 priority for Tuchel will be chance conversion – but this is no easy task considering Chelsea have had this problem for many years.
A list of strikers have come and gone at Stamford Bridge all experiencing confidence crises and only truly Didier Drogba and Diego Costa from the Roman Abramovich era have escaped that fate.
Romelu Lukaku’s absence has seen that felt harder, but even with the Belgian in the side they have failed to take their chances.
After the international break, the ex-Inter Milan star looks set to return from his injury but Chelsea must learn to play to his strengths.
While Nick Pope was exceptional against Chelsea in London at the weekend, the home side were guilty of failing to break down Burnley’s defence.
And as stoic as the Clarets were, these are the sort of games that the Blues must win to stamp themselves as Premier League title contenders.
It means that Tuchel must figure out a way to break down these sort of backlines with teams happy to camp in their own half and spring a counter-attack.
That is no easy feat with even the likes of City and Liverpool struggling at times this season but with Chelsea’s squad, there are plenty of options.
Though Burnley struck late, Tuchel’s subs came even later and he only gave Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount five minutes from the bench to make an impact.
With such little time, it was no surprise the two were largely anonymous while had they gone on the moment Matej Vydra scored – it might have made all the difference.
Criticising Tuchel’s decisions at Chelsea seems harsh considering how he has revitalised the club in such a short space of time but with time running out, decisions have to be made.
And given that he put Pulisic and Mount on anyway, that decision needed to come earlier to give them any chance of having an impact on the match.