Thomas Tuchel admits he is happy to scrap Frank Lampard’s controversial fines policy at Chelsea after the German cheekily insisted “he’s not the police”.
The German replaced Lampard as manager back in January and has made an immediate impact since taking charge. With the Blues in a lowly ninth when he took over, Chelsea are now fourth and well placed to cement a return to the Champions League. Indeed, they can cement their top-four spot with a win at Leeds on Saturday lunchtime.
Tuchel is yet to taste defeat in his 11 matches as Chelsea boss. That run includes impressive wins at Tottenham, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid.
And it seems the Blues squad is happier too. Under Lampard, they lived by a strict fining system that saw their players kept in line like a military operation. Among their fines was a £20,000 punishment if they were late for training.
Lampard has gone, and so have his fines…💷💷
£20,000 if late for training 😳 pic.twitter.com/MeM1zKsuD5
— TEAMtalk (@TEAMtalk) January 26, 2021
Asked if the fine policy would stay, Tuchel said he was happy to abandon the policy and says he has complete trust in his players.
He said: “I have no complaints – everybody has been on time, nobody was ever late for a meeting or out on the pitch.
“If a player arrives at 10.01 or 9.59 I am not the police.
“I won’t be hanging around the window checking the time and I expect my players to take care of that.
“If you want to live together in harmony everybody needs to accept certain values of how the family is run.
“I’m more into trusting and feeling the same values and convincing them about the values than setting the rules and fines.
“I’m not against fines but I think it should be something in the dressing room…. when you arrive and have an appointment with the physio or doctor you arrive on time.
“This is absolutely normal if they do this with fines. Then they can have a nice dinner or a nice holiday together.”
Tuchel wants Havertz to play with freedom
Tuchel, meanwhile, has told Kai Havertz to play without shackles in a bid to reach his best form.
Havertz arrived at Chelsea for big money in the summer, making the move from Bayer Leverkusen. He was the most expensive recruit of their huge spending spree.
However, it has taken the German international some time to settle. He only has one Premier League goal and two assists in the competition so far.
Havertz showed signs of progress in his most recent appearance, though. Playing as a false nine against Everton, his shot was deflected in by defender Ben Godfrey as an own goal to give them the lead, before winning the penalty that led to their second goal.
Tuchel, though, believes the best is just around the corner for the classy German.
Quizzed about Havertz’s best position, Tuchel told a press conference on Friday: “The position between a nine and ten is pretty much his best position.
“He has the freedom to drop, to switch positions. I feel very confident with him in high positions, I don’t want to have him behind the ball.
“He needs to be high up the pitch and he feels comfortable behind opponents, between the lines, and in little pockets.”