Four problems Tuchel must solve within two weeks after Chelsea scrape into semis

Chelsea may have reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, but their performance against Sheffield United left a lot to be desired.

The Blades had numerous chances to equalise at Stamford Bridge, with the 2-0 scoreline not reflective of the match.

It leaves Thomas Tuchel with a number of problems to solve as his players head off for World Cup qualification duties with their countries.

Tuchel has just two weeks to solve the issues that are preventing his side from reaching their full potential until they return to Premier League action with the visit of West Brom.

Here are four problems that Tuchel is facing over the international break…

1. Choosing his spearhead

Tuchel has a plethora of attacking options at his disposal, but Chelsea have still struggled for goals since the German arrived at Stamford Bridge.

Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud and Kai Havertz have all been used at the spearhead of Chelsea’s attacking, with Werner seeming to be at his best in matches where he can utilise his pace.

But he has still failed to score under Tuchel, while Giroud was anonymous against Sheffield United on Sunday.

The Blues are believed to be on the hunt for a new striker in the summer transfer window, but Tuchel quickly needs to settle on a main striker for the rest of the current campaign.

2. Who partners Mount?

Chelsea’s fortunes seem to be intrinsically linked to the form of Mason Mount, with the Englishman developing into Tuchel’s most important player.

Mount has nailed down one of the spots behind the main striker, but who fills the other one is one of the biggest questions facing Tuchel.

Though Christian Pulisic looked lively in that position against the Blades, neither he, Hikam Ziyech or Havertz have really impressed in that position.

With Mount showing how important it is that Chelsea have players firing in both spots behind Giroud or Werner, Tuchel needs to find out who can fill it best.

3. What to do out wide

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  • Tuchel has continually rotated his wing-backs, with Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso battling it out for a spot on the left, while Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James are the options on the right.

    Alonso and Hudson-Odoi are at their best going forward, while Chilwell and James offer a more solid look defensively.

    But with Chilwell being such an expensive signing last summer, it is doubtful that he will sit comfortably being continually rotated.

    Tuchel will get the chance to see James and Chilwell in international action over the next week, which should give him a better idea of who to star out wide.

    4. How to break down teams

    A problem more to do with strategy than selection, Chelsea have looked at their best when playing sides who look to dominate the ball.

    But against sides such as Sheffield United, who set up in a deep defensive block on Sunday, Tuchel’s side have failed to comfortably break them down.

    Over this international break, Tuchel must find a way to set up his side to dominate the ball and convert their chances in order to comfortably win.

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