Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has revealed that he is left surprised at how quickly the Blues have managed to adapt to the playing style of German manager Thomas Tuchel, while also admitting that he never thought they could have so much flexibility in their adaptability.
Chelsea are currently one of the best and hottest teams in the world and have also been touted as one of the teams to beat in the UEFA Champions League so far this season. They have not lost a single game under Tuchel since he took over from former manager Frank Lampard, and they have been tipped to end the season unbeaten if they can maintain their current form.
They recently secured their direct passage to the semi-finals of the Emirates FA Cup with a crucial 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge over the weekend as they also further extended their unbeaten run in all competitions. While they have been drawn to face Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the next round of the competition, Anelka believes that the Blues can defeat the Etihad club and end Guardiola's dream of securing a quadruple this season.
Speaking after the win against Sheffield, Anelka said he has been watching Chelsea closely since the appointment of Tuchel and has been really impressed by their turnaround in results. The former striker said that he loves to see how much confidence Tuchel has planted in the players after the torrid season they were having under Lampard, adding that they can go all the way in the Champions League and FA Cup this season.
Anelka also said he would love to see the German manager end the season with silverware because it would give the players more confidence ahead of the new season.