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Report: Thomas Tuchel could trial three-man defence against Wolves

Wolves take on Chelsea tonight, and there’s a new man at the helm for the Blues.

Thomas Tuchel is the new head coach at Stamford Bridge after Frank Lampard was relieved of his duties on Monday.

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The board decided to act following a poor run of results that has seen the club lose five of their last eight Premier League games.

Tuchel joins having been sacked by Paris Saint-Germain last month.

The German tactician will be on the touchline for Chelsea tonight, following initial concerns he wouldn’t be present due to quarantine rules.

But he has been granted exemption, and he might be ready to throw Wolves something of a curveball at Stamford Bridge.

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According to Goal’s Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella, via the Express, the 47-year-old could use a three-man defence tonight, as opposed to the more traditional back four that Frank Lampard used.

It is a set-up that could mirror Wolves’ usual system, although Nuno Espirito Santo has experimented with a back four in recent times.

Three-at-the-back is how Tuchel often set his PSG side up, and it would be a throwback to the Antonio Conte days if that is indeed how Chelsea lined up tonight.

Chelsea there for the taking

People have spoken about the ‘new manager bounce’ factor ahead of tonight’s game, but it is also a great opportunity for Wolves.

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Tuchel has had one training session with his new team, and it’s probably been a chaotic past 48 hours for the club.

Wolves are not in good form, but it’s a real chance to catch Chelsea cold as they try and adapt to the new manager’s ideas – them lining up with a three-man defence could easily play into Wolves’ hands.