Ian Wright details why Chelsea can become ‘frightening’ under Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea have the potential to become ‘frightening’ and ‘dangerous’ if the players buy into new boss Thomas Tuchel’s ‘straight down the line’ approach, according to Ian Wright.

Tuchel was appointed Blues manager this week on an initial 18-month contract after the dismissal of club legend Frank Lampard.

The German’s first game in charge at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night ended in a frustrating goalless draw with Wolves, but he will have had much more time to prepare for this weekend’s clash against Burnley.

During his last job at Paris Saint-Germain, Tuchel engaged in public disputes with the club’s sporting director Leonardo over transfers, and has proven he certainly isn’t afraid to speak his mind.

Just before being sacked at PSG in December, the 47-year-old admitted it was sometimes ‘a big challenge’ to keep superstars such as Neymar and Kylian Mbappe happy at the Parc des Princes.

However, Arsenal legend Wright feels Tuchel’s blunt style could get the best out of Chelsea’s talented squad.

‘If it works out how I believe it might work out for Chelsea because they’ve got the players to do it, Chelsea are going to be pretty dangerous if they get it right with him,’ Wright told Optus Sport.

‘Because what I like about him is he’s not really fussed about what they say upstairs, if they say something that makes him unhappy he will let them know.

‘And he doesn’t care if the star players are giving him any kind of problem, he will let them know. He’s doing what he’s doing and it’s straight down the line. 

‘So if they buy into that then obviously we’re going to see a different kind of Chelsea with a different kind of ruthlessness and steeliness to them and intensity, and that could be quite frightening.’

Tuchel turned heads in his first Chelsea game by making the big call to drop Mason Mount, who was a favourite under Lampard.

But the manager has since assured the 22-year-old over the importance of his role by insisting he is ‘very happy’ to have him around.

‘I like what I have seen from Mason so far, his personality is amazing, he is such a nice guy, such a competitive guy, with such a lot of talent,’ Tuchel said on Thursday.

‘I’m very happy to have him around and I will not stop pushing him, I will not stop guiding him and I will not stop trusting him. There is nothing to worry about.’

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