‘He understood the characteristics of the players and the way he wants to play is good for our characteristics. So he understood that and he’s trying to give us the advice and the right way to work and then the results are coming.’
One key factor in Tuchel’s system and our form under the German has been Jorginho’s midfield partnership with Kovacic, with the two starting together in all but one of our Premier League games since the head coach’s arrival in west London.
Jorginho himself has been enjoying playing alongside the Croatian international and, just like Tuchel, he says the success of the two players’ partnership is down to understanding each other’s strengths.
‘I have a very good relationship with him because we think the same way about football, we understand each other. We know what we want to do, what each other wants to do, so I find it quite easy playing with him because we think the same way.
‘We know who needs to be in that position in that moment so we leave space for each other in the right moment. We cover each other’s backs, we understand when we need to be close to each other and when we don’t.