Chelsea: Why heroic Real Madrid defeat could signal the start of a brave new era under Thomas Tuchel

He produced a Champions League comeback for the ages, a show of courage that will live long in the memory of the supporters who made it here to the Bernabeu and Chelsea fans watching around the world.

Even if their reign as European champions was ended by Real Madrid, this was a night that pointed to the promise of an even brighter future under their manager.

This was Chelsea at full throttle, with the shackles off — and it was thrilling. Maybe it will convince Tuchel to try it a bit more often.

For all of his remarkable success in little over a year at Stamford Bridge, it has been a case of control over the type of white-knuckle rides served up by his countryman Jurgen Klopp,

They are the benchmark for Tuchel — and the distance between Manchester City and Liverpool to Chelsea is too great. 

It is why Jose Mourinho was made to look like a man out of his time at Manchester United and Tottenham; Louis van Gaal, too.

While it would be unfair to describe Tuchel as a negative coach, there is an emphasis on caution in a way that is not evident in the make-up of Guardiola or Klopp.

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