Thomas Tuchel’s side picked up a much-needed win against Southampton on Saturday following back-to-back defeats in the past week for Chelsea.
The 3-1 victory came after both Manchester City and Juventus had beaten the Blues 1-0, in the Premier League and Champions League respectively, but concerns were put to rest for the time being thanks to strikes from Trevoh Chalobah, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell.
Tuchel has only been in charge since January and is now looking to set up for the long-term by transforming the club’s Cobham training ground into a hub of player analysis.
Reported by The Sun, and cross-referenced with Elmbridge councils planning applications, this will be done through the use of eight pole-mounted player analysis cameras and another roof-mounted player analysis unit, should the plans be given the green light.
In the papers filed to the council, planning agent Nancy Stuart said: “The club is now seeking to enhance its facilities through installing cameras around several of the pitches, which will enable coaches to provide more thorough feedback.
“Technology has been playing a bigger role in coaching in a wide range of sports in recent years
“Installing cameras at Cobham will allow training sessions to be recorded from a range of angles and heights.
“The scheme will use leading camera and software technology to route back into the office for immediate analysis.”
Enhancing training surveillance to gain even the most marginal advantage is something other top managers have sought to do in the past, including Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.
Shortly after being appointed AS Roma manager, Mourinho implemented the use of drones to film training sessions and provide immediate feedback to players when required.
Back in 2019, there were reports that Guardiola wanted to re-train some of the staff based at Manchester City’s training ground to fly drones as well, presumably seeking the same end goal as Mourinho.
“He [Guardiola] and his staff were struggling to get some ideas across to the players and someone in the club mentioned a drone,” a source told The Sun at the time.
“Pep has an incredible eye for detail and is always looking for ways to improve things.
“One of the guys had one so they used it over a training session and realised it was a great way of recording footage which they can then show to the players.”
Chelsea reportedly submitted plans for pole-mounted cameras as they believed they are a better, more practical solution than drones, but the reasons for doing so are exactly the same as his rival managers.