December 4, 2021

Chelsea confirms appointment of Thomas Tuchel as new head coach

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Just a day after sacking Frank Lampard, Chelsea confirms appointment of Thomas Tuchel as the new head coach of the London club on an 18-month contract with an option to extend it. Under Lampard this season, the Blues slid to ninth in the Premier League, five points below Liverpool in fifth place, and lost five of their last eight league games.

Thomas Tuchel has been appointed as the new Chelsea Head Coach,” the club said in a statement posted on their website. He will be the first German to manage Chelsea and arrives having guided PSG to four major honours and the Champions League final during his time in the French capital.” Tuchel won two league titles, the French Cup and the French League Cup at PSG.

“I cannot wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football. I am grateful to be part of the Chelsea family,” Tuchel said. “We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea,” Tuchel added. Lampard is the 12th Chelsea manager to be sacked since Russian billionaire Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

Lampard enjoyed a successful first season which saw the London club qualify for the UEFA Champions League and reach the FA Cup final. He was backed by Abramovich in the summer transfer window, spending over $250 million on the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner. However, their strong start in the league did not last until they slipped in the mid-table.

Tuchel took a newly-promoted club Mainz in 2009, replacing Jurgen Klopp, and spent five seasons until he left in 2014 after a dispute over finances. He was appointed by Borussia Dortmund a year later, again replacing Klopp. Tuchel spent two years at Dortmund before being sacked and replaced Unai Emery as Paris Saint-Germain boss in May 2018.

The back-to-back winning coach was sacked by the French champions just before the New Year, with former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino appointed as the new coach. Tuchel, who guided the French giants to the Champions League final last season, ended his two and a half year spell at PSG in December after the disappointing start of the current season of Ligue 1.

The 47-year-old Tuchel becomes the 11th full-time manager appointed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich since the billionaire bought the club in 2003, and the first German to manage the English side. Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia described Tuchel as “one of Europe’s best coaches” adding that “there is still much to play for and much to achieve, this season and beyond”.

Tuchel met the team shortly after confirming his appointment and took over the club’s final training session in preparation for Wednesday night’s visit of Wolves. He was reunited with Christian Pulisic and Thiago Silva who he coached during his spells in Dortmund and Paris respectively. Tuchel initially enters with three staff members, with COVID-19 tests and work permits sorted to enter the Chelsea bubble.