Comparing defensive records of the big six since Tuchel joined Chelsea

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel on the touchline during the Premier League match at St. James' Park.

Since replacing Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager in January 2021, Thomas Tuchel has made the Blues a defensive powerhouse.

The German coach has had a remarkable impact, fixing a leaky backline almost instantly, winning the Champions League in his first six months in charge and now leading Chelsea to the top of the Premier League.

We’ve compared Chelsea’s defensive record in the Premier League to the rest of the ‘big six’ since Tuchel’s appointment at the end of January.


Games: 30
Clean sheets: 18
Goals conceded: 17
Goals conceded per game: 0.56
xGA (Expected goals against): 23.8

Tackles: 537
Pressures: 4378
Blocks: 447
Interceptions: 397
Clearances: 716

Manchester City

Games: 30
Clean sheets: 15
Goals conceded: 25
Goals conceded per game: 0.83
xGA: 25.5

Tackles: 444
Pressures: 3821
Blocks: 351
Interceptions: 339
Clearances: 516


Games: 30
Clean sheets: 12
Goals conceded 31
Goals conceded per game: 1.03
xGA: 35.0

Tackles: 451
Pressures: 4528
Blocks: 388
Interceptions: 395
Clearances: 681


Games: 30
Clean sheets: 10
Goals conceded: 33
Goals conceded per game: 1.1
xGA: 38.8

Tackles: 417
Pressures: 3946
Blocks: 440
Interceptions: 348
Clearances: 672

Manchester United

Games: 30
Clean sheets: 9
Goals conceded: 36
Goals conceded per game: 1.2
xGA: 35.2

Tackles: 415
Pressures: 3983
Blocks: 425
Interceptions: 394
Clearances: 650



Games: 30
Clean sheets: 10
Goals conceded: 44
Goals conceded per game: 1.46
xGA: 43.9

Tackles: 573
Pressures: 4685
Blocks: 482
Interceptions: 408
Clearances: 770

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