Chelsea's German connection established: Tuchel signs for the Blues!

Chelsea's German connection established: Tuchel signs for the Blues!

After Frank Lampard was sacked, it quickly became known that Thomas Tuchel was going to be the next in line of Chelsea managers. The German was without a job since late December when Paris Saint-Germain sacked him despite him winning two league titles and reaching one Champions League final.

Tuchel also won two versions of the French cup, and his only other trophy is also a cup in Germany, from the time he led Borussia Dortmund.

At Chelsea, he will have 18 months to do his work but an option to extend the collaboration for another 12 months.

"We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea. At the same time, I cannot wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football. I am grateful to now be part of the Chelsea family - it feels amazing!" stated Tuchel.

He already started working with the team in which he will find two familiar faces - Christian Pulisic from Dortmund, and Thiago Silva from their time at Paris. Most importantly, he was brought in to make sure the Germans in the team, the expensive Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, start performing as expected.

The German previously noted that at PSG he had a job similar to a minister of sport, but at Chelsea, the duties are spread out more. Director Marina Granovskaia welcomed the 47-year-old to Stamford Bridge.

"‘It is never easy to change head coach in the middle of the season but we are very happy to secure one of Europe’s best coaches in Thomas Tuchel. There is still much to play for and much to achieve, this season and beyond. We welcome Thomas to the Club."

Tuchel came up in the youth academy at Augsburg as a centre-back but his time as a player was spent mostly in the lower divisions in Germany and ended prematurely due to a serious knee injury.

He is known as a manager who burned the bridges at both BVB and PSG so already people are stating he came just to the right spot. A stadium where managers are expendable.


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