What impact will Thomas Tuchel have on Dream Team as Chelsea outcasts return?02/02/2021
Listen closely and you’ll hear the sound of several spanners being thrown into the works.
Thomas Tuchel is just two games into his reign as Chelsea coach but he’s already started to imprint his own identity onto the Blues.
A change in formation has meant some outcasts have returned to the fold and the Dream Team implications could be significant.
DREAM TEAM SPECIAL: Marcos Alonso to score against Spurs and Chelsea to keep a clean sheet — 22/1 (was 16/1)
Ben Chilwell (£3.6m) and Kurt Zouma (£3.0m) were the two best defenders Dream Team had to offer for the first third of the season but neither featured in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Burnley.
The former is the most-popular defender at the time of writing with an ownership of 39.1% — surely the £50million left-back won’t become an understudy?
Well… Tuchel has seemingly committed to 3-4-2-1 and in such a formation, the wing-backs are key components.
Chilwell is almost certainly good enough to adapt to the role but Marcos Alonso’s (£2.0m) credentials at wing-back are well established.
The Spaniard starred for Antonio Conte in a similar system when Chelsea lasted lifted the Premier League trophy.
Tuchel opted to give the 30-year-old a start against Sean Dyche’s side last weekend and was repaid with a superbly-taken goal to ensure the first victory of the German’s watch at Stamford Bridge.
Experienced Dream Team gaffers will remember Alonso’s impressive returns of 2016 – 2018, when he scored 14 goals in all competitions across two seasons.
He flourishes at wing-back and you’d think his goal against Burnley would be enough for Tuchel to stick by him for next couple of games.
The Blues face Spurs this Thursday evening, an opponent Alonso has had success against in the past — he’s scored three goals in nine league games against the north London side.
Needless to say, if Dream Team’s most-popular defender starts the warming the bench and Alonso rekindles his extended goalscoring form then a transfer would be an appropriate response.
DREAM TEAM BETWAY SPECIAL: Marcos Alonso to score against Spurs and Chelsea to keep a clean sheet — 22/1 (was 16/1)
Virtually every single one of Chelsea’s promising attacks against the Clarets featured Callum Hudson-Odoi (£2.5m) as the protagonist.
Some fans believed the 20-year-old was underused by Frank Lampard and the fact he’s been the best player in both of Tuchel’s games suggests the complaints may have been justified.
Hudson-Odoi is categorised as a midfielder in Dream Team so be aware that he won’t get clean sheet points even if he continues to play as a wing-back.
Cesar Azpilicueta (£3.7m) has taken 18 points from the Game Week 19 already — the Spaniard is now just four points behind Reece James (£3.7m).
Hudson-Odoi and Alonso both have an ownership of less than 1% and Azpilicueta isn’t much more popular, appearing in just 2.7% of teams.
If all three cement themselves as Tuchel favourites then they could become shrewd differential options.
And Chilwell owners need to keep a close eye on his game time in the next couple of weeks.
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