Tuchel rocks Chelsea training with tiny footballs, rucking shields

Determined to succeed where Frank Lampard failed, new Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has introduced fresh tactics into the team’s training.

The coach has shaken up Chelsea training programmes with intense and rigorous physical exercise to raise the standard he met on the ground at Stamford Bridge.

The Daily Mail reported that the 47-year-old is trying to implement his ideas quickly and could be seen putting his methods into practice.

In one part of the session, players used a tiny football – a tactic often employed to improve ball control.

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Smaller goals were also in use when the team moved back to playing with a regular football.

Tuchel has developed a reputation for his innovative training methods during his coaching career.

While manager of Borussia Dortmund, Tuchel is said to have made defenders hold tennis balls to stop shirt pulling and shaped pitches into diamonds to encourage diagonal runs from his forwards.

Tuchel also made his team use smaller goals when they returned to playing with a normal ball

The German is hoping to get his first win as Chelsea boss this weekend with his side facing an in-form Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy looked to be getting a taste of what to expect with Petr Cech putting the shot-stopper through his paces.

Cech held a rucking shield against the goalkeeper while he jumped to catch crosses, mimicking the physical challenges he is likely to receive from Burnley’s forwards and defenders.

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