Thomas Tuchel has been in charge for 14 games so now is probably a good time to have a look at his squad to see who has impressed and who hasn’t.

Edouard Mendy

The Chelsea stopper has only conceded twice since Tuchel arrived which is an astonishing run of form. The players in front of him have helped by Mendy has come up big when needed.

Mendy produced big saves from Tyler Roberts at Leeds and Joao Felix in the Champions League second leg to showcase his shot-stopping abilities. His command of his penalty box from set pieces has been particularly impressive as well. 8

Kepa

The Spaniard was named as a surprise starter for the Premier League game against Newcastle and kept a clean sheet for the first time since last season in the process.

Also played in the FA Cup ties against Barnsley and Sheffield United and recorded a shutout. Mendy is the number one but Kepa has done what was asked of him in limited minutes, especially against the Blades where he made two important stops. 

Reece James.

Initially found himself out of Tuchel’s starting eleven as the German opted to play Callum Hudson-Odoi as a right wing back but James has gradually re-established himself as the first choice in the position.

Three very strong outings against Man Utd, Liverpool and Everton have enhanced his reputation further as he aims for a call-up for this summer’s Euros with England. He’s constantly on the end of instruction from Tuchel during games but has clearly been listening. 

Antonio Rudiger

Another defender enjoying a real resurgence under Tuchel, Rudiger has missed only the two FA Cup matches and was rested for the victory over Everton.

Aside from his somewhat comical own goal at Sheffield United, Rudiger has been nearly faultless when he has played and has become a key part of that defensive line that has shipped just two goals in two months.This video has more informationYou may like this trending videoAd by Sponsor See More

His battle with Luis Suarez in the Champions League was enjoyable and he bested the volatile Uruguayan striker quite comfortably. 9

Andreas Christensen

The Dane has really stepped up to the mark since Thiago Silva went down with a thigh injury against Spurs. There was real worry when Silva got injured but Christensen has made his absence completely painless.

He’s improved his aerial winning capabilities drastically since Tuchel took charge and put in man of the match performances against Liverpool and Manchester United. Missed out against Atletico in the second leg through illness but has been a superb performer for Tuchel. 9

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Kurt Zouma

The Frenchman has been the centre half that has struggled for minutes under Tuchel though he did start at Southampton and against Everton. His minutes might be of concern to the player himself having been a permanent fixture under Lampard.

Like the rest of the defence though, he has done well when required. Tuchel hailed him as “outstanding” against Everton, while he was immense in the second leg in over Atletico. He’s stepped up when required though the number of minutes he’s played might be a concern. 8

Thiago Silva

The Brazilian has missed more than half of the games Tuchel has been in charge for but his absence hasn’t been badly felt at all thanks to the form of Christensen .

Returned to the squad for the Everton win after missing more than a month and is not a guaranteed starter. However, he’ll still have a big role to play in the top four race. His experience will be crucial.

His coaching and celebrations in the stands for the Atletico win at Stamford Bridge will go down in folklore. 6

Ben Chilwell

Having been hauled off early in the second half of Tuchel’s first game, Chilwell fell out of favour having previously had next to no competition for his place.

He responded with good games against Man Utd and Liverpool but it’s still a toss-up between him and Marcos Alonso over who starts at left wing back.

Chilwell hasn’t been bad by any stretch but there’s room for improvement. 7

Marcos Alonso

Chelsea ace Marcos Alonso
Chelsea ace Marcos Alonso. (Image: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images).

The left back has made a comeback worthy of Lazarus having been completely annexed and frozen out by Lampard following his half time indiscretions at West Brom.

Scored on his return against Burnley which was bound to happen and has started six times for Tuchel in all competitions.

He’s still a maverick so the wing-back suits him superbly and he’s not had a bad game really since his recall. 8

Emerson Palmieri

The third string left back is one of only three players not to start a Premier League game for Tuchel, restricted to two FA Cup appearances and Champions League outing off the bench.

That saidl he did score the second goal against Atletico at Stamford Bridge with his first touch so while minutes have been limited, he gets an extra point for that. 7

Jorginho

A man who very much polarizes opinion, Jorginho has played more often than not for Tuchel, initially at the start owing to N’Golo Kante’s injury but his performances kept him in the team as well.

The Italian is far more heads up and forward with the ball than he has been, while he has also shown a willingness to play on the half turn and get the Blues moving forward rather than keeping it simple.

He’s also from the penalty spot three times since Tuchel turned up, both winning goals against Spurs and Sheffield United. 8

N’Golo Kante

Rumours of the Frenchman’s demise and being “past it” have been greatly overestimated after a couple of iffy outings following a return from an injury lay-off and having played a vast amount of football in the last three years.

Kante returned to his best against Southampton and was superb in the games against United and Liverpool. His finest hour was his second leg display against Atletico, where Kante was nothing short of sensational and put on an absolute clinic.

Tuchel is managing Kante’s minutes because he still remains crucial to the team. 8

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Mateo Kovacic

After floundering in the final days of Lampard, Kovacic has looked like another player reborn since Tuchel arrived.

He’s been a regular too, being rested for the Liverpool victory was the first Premier League game he hadn’t started since Tuchel pitched up in the capital.

Like Jorginho, he has been more progressive and aggressive under Tuchel. He still can’t shoot, though. 8

Billy Gilmour

The midfielder has been restricted to cup appearances only since Tuchel arrived and decided not to send the Scottish youngster out on loan for the rest of the season in January.

Gilmour has shown his undoubted quality in four FA Cup games this season, two of them since Tuchel arrived at the club, but he’s hard to grade as he’s not bene given many opportunities.

Tuchel says he is a fan of the midfielder but he’s firmly down the pecking order at the moment. 6

Mason Mount

Tuchel quickly realised the error of his ways when he benched Mount for his first game in charge after the England man had featured in 80 of 84 games under Lampard.

Mount responded like we expected him to and he has been one of the Blues’ best players under Tuchel, scoring three times and having a huge influence in almost every game he’s played.

Mount came off the bench for the final 20 minutes against Everton and created four goalscoring opportunities for his teammates. Undroppable? You bet. 9

Hakim Ziyech

Having been rushed back from injury to play against Man City with Lampard in desperate need of a result, it had been a backwards trajectory for the Moroccan since then.

Ziyech started Tuchel’s opening game but had to wait exactly a month before his next top flight start, named from the off against Man Utd and then at Liverpool as well.

But his impact in both games was minimal and subbed off in both, looking a shadow of the player we saw at the start of the season. Two goals in his last two games however, including a crucial strike against Atletico along with an excellent performance all round, showed signs he might be getting back to near his best form. 7

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Christian Pulisic

The American has arguably been the biggest victim of the Tuchel era so far, starting just once in the Premier League at Leeds in an unfamiliar right wing-back role and the head coach said earlier this week that he can have an impact for “20 or 30 minutes” off the bench.

That won’t have been music to Pulisic’s ears. A man of the match outing against Sheffield United in the FA Cup ahs helped hsi from but he still has some way to go before rorcing his way into the starting eleven regularly. 6

Kai Havertz

Havertz was handed the start in a false nine position against Everton and thrived, having a goal taken off him by the Premier League dubious goals panel and winning the penalty for Jorginho to convert in the 2-0 win.

He’s not played much for Tuchel owing to an injury that kept him out for six matches but he showed some big glimpses of what to expect from him in that Everton game and subsequently against Leeds and Atletico Madrid. Needs a goal though. 7

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Tuchel has slotted CHO in as a right wing-back on occasion and the England man played well in that role which still allowed him to be adventurous but also showcased how good he can be defensively.

Hudson-Odoi has featured in 12 of the 14 games for Tuchel but the standout memory is that of him coming on as a half time sub against Southampton, only to be withdrawn 31 minutes later.

Tuchel started him the next game against Atletico Madrid and then at Liverpool to ease any potential issues. One of the better performers since Tuchel arrived but you do feel there is still more to come. 7

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud of Chelsea looks to break past George Baldock of Sheffield United
Olivier Giroud of Chelsea looks to break past George Baldock of Sheffield United (Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Tuchel was rightly full of praise for the Frenchman after his wonder goal against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, one of two he has netted since late January.

However, there have been games where Giroud has been almost anonymous and it’s not really clear if he actually suits a Tuchel system.

That said, he has done alright when required and gets an extra point for that goal in Bucharest. 7

Tammy Abraham

The England striker has been subbed at half time twice and not been a part of the last four matchday squads for Tuchel through injury though the head coach had effectively called the frontman out for needing to do more prior to that.

Abraham is still the Blues’ top scorer this season but his form, coupled with an ankle issue that won’t budge sustained against Newcastle, has counted against him. His standing in the squad with Tuchel is up for debate at the moment and the Blues continue to be linked with Erling Haaland this summer.

Abraham will be desperate to be fully fit and firing after the international break as it could be avery crucial stage of his Chelsea career between then and the end of the season. 6

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Timo Werner

While the German has no doubt improved since Tuchel arrived, he was superb against Liverpool when brutally exploiting their high line, Werner has still netted just the one goal since Tuchel arrived and froze in front of goal badly against Everton while missed two presentable chances at Leeds as well.

We still expect so much more from a striker who arrived with one of the most fearsome reputations for goalscoring in Europe last year. You back him to get out of the slump and if anyone can do it, it’s Tuchel.

He needs a big end to the season to convince that he was worth the outlay and can fire the Blues to a Premier League title in the future. 

His battle with Luis Suarez in the Champions League was enjoyable and he bested the volatile Uruguayan striker quite comfortably. 9

Andreas Christensen

The Dane has really stepped up to the mark since Thiago Silva went down with a thigh injury against Spurs. There was real worry when Silva got injured but Christensen has made his absence completely painless.

He’s improved his aerial winning capabilities drastically since Tuchel took charge and put in man of the match performances against Liverpool and Manchester United. Missed out against Atletico in the second leg through illness but has been a superb performer for Tuchel. 

Hakim Ziyech

Having been rushed back from injury to play against Man City with Lampard in desperate need of a result, it had been a backwards trajectory for the Moroccan since then.

Ziyech started Tuchel’s opening game but had to wait exactly a month before his next top flight start, named from the off against Man Utd and then at Liverpool as well.

But his impact in both games was minimal and subbed off in both, looking a shadow of the player we saw at the start of the season. Two goals in his last two games however, including a crucial strike against Atletico along with an excellent performance all round, showed signs he might be getting back to near his best form. 

Kai Havertz

Havertz was handed the start in a false nine position against Everton and thrived, having a goal taken off him by the Premier League dubious goals panel and winning the penalty for Jorginho to convert in the 2-0 win.

He’s not played much for Tuchel owing to an injury that kept him out for six matches but he showed some big glimpses of what to expect from him in that Everton game and subsequently against Leeds and Atletico Madrid. Needs a goal though. 7

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Tuchel has slotted CHO in as a right wing-back on occasion and the England man played well in that role which still allowed him to be adventurous but also showcased how good he can be defensively.

Hudson-Odoi has featured in 12 of the 14 games for Tuchel but the standout memory is that of him coming on as a half time sub against Southampton, only to be withdrawn 31 minutes later.

Tuchel started him the next game against Atletico Madrid and then at Liverpool to ease any potential issues. One of the better performers since Tuchel arrived but you do feel there is still more to come. 7

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud of Chelsea looks to break past George Baldock of Sheffield United
Olivier Giroud of Chelsea looks to break past George Baldock of Sheffield United (Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Tuchel was rightly full of praise for the Frenchman after his wonder goal against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, one of two he has netted since late January.

However, there have been games where Giroud has been almost anonymous and it’s not really clear if he actually suits a Tuchel system.

That said, he has done alright when required and gets an extra point for that goal in Bucharest. 7

Tammy Abraham

The England striker has been subbed at half time twice and not been a part of the last four matchday squads for Tuchel through injury though the head coach had effectively called the frontman out for needing to do more prior to that.

Abraham is still the Blues’ top scorer this season but his form, coupled with an ankle issue that won’t budge sustained against Newcastle, has counted against him. His standing in the squad with Tuchel is up for debate at the moment and the Blues continue to be linked with Erling Haaland this summer.

Abraham will be desperate to be fully fit and firing after the international break as it could be avery crucial stage of his Chelsea career between then and the end of the season. 6

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Timo Werner

While the German has no doubt improved since Tuchel arrived, he was superb against Liverpool when brutally exploiting their high line, Werner has still netted just the one goal since Tuchel arrived and froze in front of goal badly against Everton while missed two presentable chances at Leeds as well.

We still expect so much more from a striker who arrived with one of the most fearsome reputations for goalscoring in Europe last year. You back him to get out of the slump and if anyone can do it, it’s Tuchel.

He needs a big end to the season to convince that he was worth the outlay and can fire the Blues to a Premier League title in the future. 6

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