Instead of watching from the stands as he takes care of his first Chelsea game on Wednesday, Thomas Tuchel will remain in the dugout, signaling the German’s intention to make an immediate impact following his appointment as manager.
After having signed an 18-month contract with an option for another year, Tuchel got straight to work, conducting his first training session on Tuesday night after replacing Frank Lampard. The former boss of Paris Saint-Germain wants to be on the bench as Chelsea, six points behind West Ham’s fourth in the Premier League, host Wolves. He told allies he would like to take responsibility for the success of his new side.
For Chelsea, who shot Lampard less than 24 hours after beating Luton on Sunday in the FA Cup, it was a whirlwind start to the week. Tuchel, who was sacked last month by PSG, was soon installed as the 11th permanent Roman Abramovich-era boss. Negotiations were said to be difficult with Marina Granovskaia, the powerful manager, but Tuchel is excited about the task after arriving on Tuesday in London.
Tuchel said, “I would like to thank Chelsea for their trust in me and my employees.” All of us have the utmost regard for the work of Frank Lampard and the legacy he has built at Chelsea. At the same time, I can’t wait to meet my new squad to play in football’s most exciting league. I’m thankful to be part of the Chelsea family now-it feels great.
Following last week’s loss at Leicester, several sources predicted Lampard to be sacked. It is suspected that the protocols of Covid-19 postponed the arrival of Tuchel, which led to Lampard remaining in command. However, after testing negative, Tuchel can enter Chelsea’s secure bubble, following Covid’s rules.
A failing side is inherited by Tuchel, who is supposed to install Arno Michels as his assistant. After investing £ 220m last summer, Chelsea’s slump under Lampard has left them at risk of losing out on Champions League qualification.