sport news Thomas Tuchel's blistering start at Chelsea outstrips both Pep Guardiola and ...

sport news Thomas Tuchel's blistering start at Chelsea outstrips both Pep Guardiola and ...
sport news Thomas Tuchel's blistering start at Chelsea outstrips both Pep Guardiola and ...

As evenings go, beating Italian giants Juventus 4-0 in front of a packed Stamford Bridge to celebrate your 50th game in charge must have been up there for Thomas Tuchel.

The Chelsea manager reached his half-century with a resoundingly dominant performance in the Champions League on Tuesday, his players epitomising everything which has been positive under his tenure.

Statistics show his first 50 matches have outstripped elite Premier League rivals like Manchester City's Pep Guardiola and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp's comparative records, with more wins and far fewer goals conceded than both.

But how impressive have they actually been? Is there anything to improve on? And what does the next 50 look like? Sportsmail takes a deep dive into Tuchel's spectacular start at Stamford Bridge... 

Thomas Tuchel's first 50 matches as Chelsea boss outstrips Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp

Thomas Tuchel's first 50 matches as Chelsea boss outstrips Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp

An inauspicious first match

A frustrating 0-0 draw at home to Wolves on January 28 was not the auspicious start many had hoped for after the sacking of club legend Frank Lampard, who many observers felt could have been given a little more time.

That point, secured after Pedro Neto hit the crossbar with a one-on-one, pushed them up to eighth, three points behind Tottenham and Everton, who had played two games fewer. 

Ten months on, the Blues are light years ahead of those two teams, and if you peek at the league table now, you can see why Roman Abramovich chose to twist rather than stick with Lampard.

Chelsea are top - not a false position either - are three clear of City and four clear of Liverpool, having conceded a league-low four goals in 12 games and scored 30 this campaign, second only to City.

They've been transformed from a side lying in mid-table halfway through last season to genuine title contenders, and, theoretically, are still on for an admittedly unlikely quadruple, including a defence of their Champions League crown. 

Pep Guardiola's first 50 games at Manchester City were not as statistically impressive as Tuchel's Chelsea record

Similarly, Chelsea's numbers under the German are better than Jurgen Klopp's at Liverpool, particularly from a defensive standpoint

Tuchel has a better record than Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp in his first 50 matches

What do the numbers say? 

The statistics read 32 wins, 11 draws and seven losses from Tuchel's first 50 matches, with 81 scored and 24 conceded, plus two trophies - the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup.

That compares favourably to Guardiola at City (29 wins, 11 draws, 10 losses, 105 scored, 56 conceded) and Klopp at Liverpool (23 wins, 16 draws, 11 losses, 86 scored, 57 conceded), with 107 points compared to 98 and 85 respectively.

The wins at home and away from Stamford Bridge are split equally at 15 each, while beating City at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final and in Porto in the Champions League final last season were the two victories gained on neutral territory. 

Cesar Azpilicueta (left) and Antonio Rudiger (right) have been regulars in a peerless defence

Cesar Azpilicueta (left) and Antonio Rudiger (right) have been regulars in a peerless defence

Beating Juventus took Chelsea's unbeaten run to 10, four away from Tuchel's Chelsea record of 14, with fixtures against Manchester United, Watford, high-flying West Ham and Russian side Zenit St Petersburg to come.

His attacking numbers aren't especially outstanding: 13 European sides have scored more goals in that period - including both Liverpool and City, with 89 and 111 respectively. 

However, Tuchel's side really come into their own with their defensive statistics, with easily fewer than half the amount of goals conceded in Guardiola and Klopp's first 50 games, and 31 clean sheets underlining the club's peerless backline.

A startlingly impressive record of just 24 goals conceded represents the best of any side in Europe's top leagues since Tuchel took charge,

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