The Blues midfielder is confident that his side’s new playing style under the reign of the German tactician is well-suited for his strengths.
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With Chelsea used to being far from direct before, the Italy international had a hard time having an impact on the proceedings. However, with Tuchel in charge, he is having an important role in the team.
“The coach wants us having control of the game, playing from behind, even when the pressure comes.
“So, for me, it’s a good way to play football that I like and enjoy, and I think it’s better for my characteristics than playing long balls, and second balls.
“When it’s Kova [Mateo Kovacic], his style is to play short, to come, so I know if he wants to play one-two or when he wants some space to move forward and to dribble.
“So, I just try to help him, either give him the space, or come over to help him and give him an option – whatever he needs to get out of the situation.
“With Kante, it’s kind of the same. When you play with your mates, you need to understand each other, and understand their characteristics as well. So, I know that Kante has big power, so I tell him when he can turn.
“With Kante, it’s more about talking: ‘Turn!' 'Man on!’ or talking so he knows I’m there for the short pass. So, I just try to give him an option to do a one-two and get out.
“Oh yes, big brains [Kante and Kovacic have big brains]. They have more legs than me, though!”
The midfielder has played in 28 games for his side this season and met the target seven times, providing one assist.
Chelsea are having their run of 13 games unbeaten with Tuchel calling the shots.