Similar to Klopp, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel took charge of Mainz and Dortmund before becoming a successful Premier League manager, with only a short stint in Paris separating the two.
However, unlike Klopp, Tuchel played for and studied under Rangnick with the Old Trafford boss even giving him his first shot at management. In a career cut short by injury, Rangnick offered Tuchel the opportunity to coach his U15s Stuttgart team, persuading him to take up management at just 24.
As mentioned, Tuchel followed a similar career path to Klopp however until his time in London, never reached the heights Klopp did, only winning one piece of silverware in Dortmund, the 2016/17 German Cup. During his time at PSG, despite winning consecutive league titles and taking the Parisians to their first Champions League final, Tuchel was deemed unsuccessful and let go.
With superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe on the books, Tuchel struggled to play his pressing brand of football as their work rates didn’t meet the demands of the German. After the questionable tenure of Frank Lampard at Chelsea, Tuchel was hired mid-season to turn round a dysfunctional squad with realistic aims of a top four finish. The German achieved this, and surpassed all expectations leading Chelsea to their second Champions League title just five months into the job.
From the off, impressions of his time under Rangnick were clear, with Tuchel opting for a 3-4-2-1 formation, pushing the whole team further into the opposition half. To facilitate this idea of a high-pressing side, Chelsea use wing-backs as opposed to traditional full-backs, often forcing opposition wingers further back down the pitch to help deal with the added attacking pressure from the sidelines.
Additionally, Tuchel’s favoured midfield pairing at the Bridge see’s Jorginho partnered with workhorse N’Golo Kante, with the Frenchman famed for having seemingly unlimited stamina typically covering every blade of grass on the pitch. Since Tuchel’s appointment, Chelsea have gone from strength to strength, currently sitting top of the league, and in similar vein to Klopp, Rangnick must be heavily credited for the style of football played by Chelsea since January, with clear signs of the German’s philosophy at the Bridge.