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PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING: CAN THE BLUES RIGHT THE SHIP?

The English Premier League has made it just about halfway through the 2020-21 campaign, and this is a different season from a year ago, when Liverpool just ran away with the title in historic fashion. Manchester United leads the table with 40 points, but they are just two points clear of Manchester City and Leicester City – and just eight points clear of falling out of the Champions League slots altogether, as Everton sits in sixth with 32 points, tied with West Ham United. 

Chelsea is having a disappointing season, sitting in ninth place – but with 29 points, they still have room to make a move. So their decision to send manager Frank Lampard packing and to replace him with Thomas Tuchel, the former manager of both PSG and Borussia Dortmund, sent ripples through the league. Can Chelsea make a turnaround?

Firing Frank Lampard: Can the Blues Right the Ship?

Pay per head sportsbook agents savvy in soccer all likely dropped their jaw when Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, normally one to stay far away from the media (with just one interview given since he purchased the club in 2003), put a quote into the team’s statement about sending Lampard away. The statement indicated that, with Lampard, the team would be left “without any path to sustained improvement.” Chelsea had a roster rife with talent, but there were some issues. There were six newcomers this season who were good enough to start, some youthful and others more venerable. In the defensive midfield, though, Chelsea had a hole that they had not been able to plug, either through substitution or scheme.

Hence the choice to bring in Tuchel. When he was climbing the ladder of managers at Mainz, he would utilize creative formations and setups, an approach that helped him come in second and third in two seasons with Dortmund in the Bundesliga, and helped him with a German Cup. When he went to PSG, he focused less on tactics and more on making his players happy and putting them in the position where they could win. 

It is this strength that likely brought him to Chelsea, where he will reunite with American phenom Christian Pulisic. If he can combine his tactical creativity with his skills motivating players, this should be a good move. If not, at least he just has the interim tag, which means that Chelsea would not owe a buy-out.

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