Chelsea star slams ‘long balls’ under Frank Lampard and outlines key Thomas Tuchel change

Chelsea: Tuchel hails 'oustanding' team after Atletico win

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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has claimed that the football they are playing under Thomas Tuchel is much better than it was under Frank Lampard. The Blues hired Tuchel after his predecessor was dismissed in January.

Since the German’s appointment, Chelsea have moved into the top four of the Premier league, as well as progressing in the Champions League and FA Cup.

Jorginho was in and out of the line-up during Lampard’s final months in the job, but has become more of a regular under Tuchel.

And he believes that the style of football now on display at Stamford Bridge is better suited to his characteristics as opposed to the ‘long ball’ one under Lampard.

“The coach wants us having control of the game, playing from behind, even when the pressure comes,” he told the club’s official site.

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“So, for me, it’s a good way to play football that I like and enjoy, and I think it’s better for my characteristics than playing long balls, and second balls.

“When it’s Kova [Mateo Kovacic], his style is to play short, to come, so I know if he wants to play one-two or when he wants some space to move forward and to dribble.

“So, I just try to help him, either give him the space, or come over to help him and give him an option – whatever he needs to get out of the situation.

“With Kante, it’s kind of the same. When you play with your mates, you need to understand each other, and understand their characteristics as well. So, I know that Kante has big power, so I tell him when he can turn.

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“With Kante, it’s more about talking: ‘Turn!” “Man on!’ or talking so he knows I’m there for the short pass. So, I just try to give him an option to do a one-two and get out.

“Oh yes, big brains [Kante, Jorginho and Kovacic have big brains]. They have more legs than me, though!”

Chelsea booked their place in the Champions League quarter finals earlier this week, beating Atletico Madrid 3-0 on aggregate.

It means the Blues are still fighting on three fronts, with a place in the FA Cup semi final up for grabs when they face Sheffield United on Sunday.

But Tuchel is insistent that his players remain focused on individual games after a brilliant start to his life in England.

Asked about his early impressions of life at Chelsea, he said: “From the very first moment, I felt part of a family and a well-structured club that thinks every three days about what is needed to win games.

“Everybody in this club thinks about football and from the first day the support was amazing. I feel part of it. A true part.

“I feel like part of the team also. The input of the players, the approach to the game is outstanding.

“What the Premier League demands and what they are used to putting into their performances is fantastic to see.

“It is from here we go. We take it step by step. We encourage them because we see so many good things from training from the first days when we coached.

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