In order to achieve high-level performance, Tuchel and his coaching staff first have to explain to the players what that looks like before measuring and reflecting on the plan with what actually happened on the field. That honest reflective learning, according to Tuchel, is the only way a team can correct their mistakes and continually improve.
‘I had moments in the past where I went into the dressing room after a draw or even a defeat and I was praising the performance but I have to prove it,’ he continued.
‘We try to create performance and for that you have to be clear to each player what performance is – what I need to do, what the manager expects from me and why, what the team expects from me as a player and how we play together as a group. In the end, it’s like an orchestra so we have to follow a certain rhythm, discipline, speed and style. This has to be clear to everybody.
‘There will be matches where we win and we will be absolutely unhappy so we will show the team why we are unhappy and why we are just lucky to win the game. But if you ask me if I prefer to win lucky or to lose undeserved then I go for a lucky win of course because with a win it’s always easier to improve.’