Jose Mourinho, the manager of Tottenham, has cranked up the heat on Thomas Tuchel by saying that his job at Chelsea is not that complicated ahead of Thursday night’s London derby.
Tuchel is the 13th permanent manager of the Roman Abramovich era and, as the Spurs boss was quick to point out, all have enjoyed tremendous success, including Mourinho himself.
The Blues boast a wealth of expensive players, but Frank Lampard was unable to challenge them for the title as a result of losing his job.
Mourinho suggested that with the Blues currently eighth in the table, Tuchel should find it easy to turn Chelsea into title contenders.
“Because I’ve been champion three times, Carlo Ancelotti was champion, Antonio Conte was champion, I don’t think it’s very hard to coach at Chelsea,” the Spurs manager said.
“It can’t be very, very complicated because that’s where we won championships. There are always great players in Chelsea and great teams and successful coaches are happy to work with these clubs and with players who give you a very good chance to succeed and win titles.
I’ve been there in two different periods in my case and I’ve been a champion in two different periods.”
Tuchel, the former manager of Paris Saint-Germain, is used to working with expensive talent, and although Mourinho claims that the German will help, he suggests that adapting from Ligue 1 to the Premier League will be difficult.
To excel in the top leagues, to succeed in leagues in another dimension, is what I think makes a coach elite,” the Portuguese said.
“I’m not talking about Thomas, the French league is competitive since they compete in another league apart from PSG. For a coach, the greatest difficulty is operating in the best leagues.
The most difficult is our league. He comes from a league that you can’t equate with the Premier League, but he’s used to dealing with high-caliber players who are used to big players. In a club like Chelsea, he’ll fit well.”
Tuchel declined to bite in response to Mourinho’s remarks before his trip to Spurs, acknowledging the Tottenham boss was spot on.