Thomas Tuchel introduces tiny footballs in Chelsea training
Chelsea boss will be going in search of his first win as Chelsea head coach when the Blues face Burnley
at Stamford Bridge on Sunday lunchtime.
He took his first training session before overseeing the 0-0 draw against Wolves, And by Friday he had
started experimenting with some more unusual drills at the Cobham training ground.
Players were pictured kicking and chasing after the mini Nike balls during the preparations to face Burnley
The idea behind the smaller balls is to try and improve control and accuracy.
in a bid to ensure he has been able to get more of his ideas across to his players ahead of the visit of
Sean Dyche’s side, Tuchel has been working his players hard on the training ground at Cobham over the
last couple of days, with them stepping up their preparations on Friday.
At Borussia Dortmund, he would get his side to play on pitches with no width or no depth.
Often he forced players to take extra douches with their knees or made defenders carry tennis balls to stop
them from grabbing other players’ shirts.
And perhaps the most bonkers of all was when he wanted more centralized attacks and therefore cut the
corners off the training pitch to make the final third into a triangle.
However, the methods – designed to make match scenarios easier than training sessions – have not always
gone down well.
One Mainz source told The Athletic: “Tuchel had been so demanding of the players that quite a few couldn’t
take it anymore.