Chelsea Champions League tips 2021: Blues are lively outsiders
Tuchel's side are open to plenty of improvement
Their squad is deep, allowing Chelsea to put out a strong side even if they are dealt several blows on the injury front. They possess an abundance of creativity and their midfield looks rock-solid.
Thomas Tuchel favours a back three but central defence is one area where he may lack quality cover. Thiago has impressed but he turned 36 last September and is starting to pick up injuries.
Chelsea have a lot of talented creative players but Timo Werner is their best hope of a prolific striker and could be a game-changer if he reproduces his RB Leipzig form.
Chelsea could give the top teams a run for their money and their chances probably improved when Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard.
Tuchel led Paris St-Germain to last season's final and has made a positive early impression at Stamford Bridge, despite inheriting a team low on confidence.
The 47-year-old's three-man defence seems to suit a lot of the players, including Marcos Alonso, who is back in from the cold, and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is getting far more opportunities.
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