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Tuchel shows former mentor Rangnick how Man Utd’s 4-2-2-2 should work as the Blues snappy dominate Spurs

RALF RANGNICK, are you watching?

And it’s not just because Chelsea are 90 minutes away from lifting their fifth trophy since Manchester United last won one.

Thomas Tuchel perfectly played 4-2-2-2 when Chelsea attacked

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Thomas Tuchel perfectly played 4-2-2-2 when Chelsea attackedCredit: Getty
Callum Hudson-Odoi impresses as both a left-back and a left-winger at Tottenham

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Callum Hudson-Odoi impresses as both a left-back and a left-winger at TottenhamCredit: Getty

But because of him former student and countryman, Thomas Tuchel gave the interim Old Trafford boss the blueprint to play his beloved 4-2-2-2.

In fact, all of the damage in this Carabao Cup semi-final was done a week ago on the town of Stamford Bridge.

And to be sure, the match ends well at 6:45 pm – an hour before the game starts, when the team standings are announced.

Then, just in case anyone inside the Tottenham Hostpur Stadium didn’t have a memo, Pierluigi Gollini sent messages around loud and clear, missing a punch to deliver. Antonio Rudiger headed free for the only goal of the night.

But with this semi-final done and 72 minutes left, it allows Chelsea to express himself – and the way Tuchel arranges his people is key.

Without possession, it was a 5-2-3 with Cesar Azpilicueta and Callum Hudson-Odoi at full-back and Malang Sarr in third at centre-back.

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Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic provided stability in the midfield as Mason Mount, Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner advanced, the latter drifting to the left.

They pressed high and strong, forcing the hosts to either foul or simply push forward and found no one but fault-free Kepa Arrizabalaga, who will return to Wembley for another Carabao Cup final next month. .

But in possession – that’s most of the time, 64% to be exact – Sarr pushed wide to become a regular left-back, allowing Hudson-Odoi joins the attack that he did so effectively.

Werner and Lukaku’s forwards kept Japhet Tanganga, Davinson Sanchez and Ben Davies occupied while Mount and Hudson-Odoi have freedom N17.

Sometimes one, sometimes both, will move into the reverse-turn-10 winger and pull the line back to center with some complicated passes between the lines.

At other times, one or both will break out of the touchline, stretching the Spurs defense by pulling them one way and another.

It’s flexible instead of rigid, it’s easy on the eyes and it’s played 4-2-2-2 to perfection.

But what makes it so is the personnel.

Hudson-Odoi has the speed, energy and willingness to play essentially dual roles, while Mount can create either way, although tonight wasn’t his best match.

When Tuchel He was a substitute, which was the usual 3-4-3 as Hudson-Odoi was relieved of the defensive duties introduced by Marcos Alonso while Hakim Ziyech took over the Mount role.

HOW TO TRAFFIC?

But is this variation possible? 4-2-2-2 is really the way for United afterall?

In fact, probably not.

They don’t have the quality duo of Jorginho and Kovacic to dominate a three-man midfield like Chelsea did at White Hart Lane.

And who will be Rangnick who can play the important winger role as Hudson-Odoi?

Jadon Sancho or Anthony Martial? Probably.

Mason Greenwood or Marcus Rashford? Is not.

Bruno Fernandes or Crist–? No chance.

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Malang Sarr joined attacks from left back and even tried his luck in front of goal

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Malang Sarr joined attacks from left back and even tried his luck in front of goalCredit: Alamy
Mason Mount is on the right while Timo Werner rotates between the forward and the left winger

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Mason Mount is on the right while Timo Werner rotates between the forward and the left wingerCredit: Reuters
Ralf Rangnick struggles to make his favorite squad work at Old Trafford

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Ralf Rangnick struggles to make his favorite squad work at Old TraffordCredit: AFP

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