Frank Lampard’s Chelsea decision proven right as Thomas Tuchel follows Pep Guardiola lead
The former Chelsea boss welcomed a set-piece coach to Stamford Bridge during his tenure, a decision that has since paid dividends for the Blues
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has suggested that Blues set piece coach Anthony Barry should be ‘very proud’
However, after his influence at Stamford Bridge has been felt.
Thomas Tuchel welcomed to west London in the summer of 2020 to become part of Frank Lampard’s backroom team.
He enjoyed an immediate impact for Chelsea
That continued against Malmo in the Champions League
Andreas Christensen having netted his first-ever Chelsea goal, a strike that Tuchel has used to pay credit to Barry.
Writing in the pre-match programme ahead of the Carabao Cup clash with Southampton
the German said: “It’s a good sign when Andreas starts to score – I think our set-piece coach, Anthony Barry, can be very, very proud”
“It’s important to score in situations like this and have lots of people to score.”
Chelsea continued that theme against the Saints, with Kai Havertz notching from a set-piece.
“He’s certainly helped on set-pieces, but he’s very diligent”
“He pays so much attention to ourselves and the opposition in every part of the game, from what we do in the office”
“to studying opposition and working on the training field.
“It’s very important you have balance within staff, and what Anthony has given us is another person and another level of expertise that I can call upon, and a work ethic that is outstanding.”
The Blues are certainly not the first club in the Premier League to have called upon the expertise of a set-piece coach.
Pep Guardiola has done exactly the same with Manchester City
With the reigning Premier League champions
Having 16 successful efforts from set-pieces over the last two seasons alone, according to WhoScored.