Keown: Tuchel needs to strike the right ‘balance’ for Chelsea

Martin Keown has questioned Thomas Tuchel’s actions on the touchline after Chelsea’s FA Cup victory over Barnsley on Thursday.

Tuchel was officially announced as Chelsea’s new boss at the end of January after Frank Lampard left the club.

The former PSG and Borussia Dortmund boss has made a strong start at Stamford Bridge. He has won four of his five games in charge so far.


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This upturn in form has seen them rise up to fifth in the Premier League. They are only a point behind fourth-placed Liverpool.

Last time out, they beat Championship outfit Barnsley in the FA Cup fifth round. Chelsea were not at their best as they narrowly advanced via a 1-0 win at Oakwell.

Speaking with talkSPORT, Keown suggested he preferred it when his managers “kept quiet” and let him play.

“It was interesting because as a player Tuchel took me back to my playing days last night, which I didn’t want to say during the commentary.

“But there were times when I wanted my managers to sit down and keep quiet and let me play. I want information, but I don’t want too much information.

“Tuchel has come through the door and he’s had five very good results. Chelsea showed a different side to their game last night with some character.

“But you’ve got to limit the messages that come across. He was up on his feet, he was really angry last night.

“It’s one of those, ‘boss, can you just keep quiet because I need to concentrate, it’s a difficult pitch here. I’m over the white line, let me play’.

“I thought he got the balance a little bit wrong last night.

“Look, I’ve not done the job and it must be really frustrating to get your point across, but he’s got to find a balance.”


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