Chelsea Football Club have officially announced the appointment of Thomas Tuchel as their new manager.
As Chelsea were relieving Frank Lampard of his managerial duties, new names as to who are in line to replace him were popping up every now and then – RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann, club-less Massimiliano Allegri, former Chelsea forward Andriy Shevchenko and German tactician Thomas Tuchel the most contended ones.
Now, former BVB Dortmund and PSG manager Thomas Tuchel has been confirmed to take over reign at the Stamford Bridge. According to Chelsea FC’s official statement, Tuchel will sign a 18-month contract – with an option for a further extension.
Upon the announcement, he said:
“I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me and my staff.
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!” (chelseafc.com)
He comes into his new job just a month after his exit from PSG, where he won six trophies in a two and a half year spell. Tuchel is now Chelsea’s first ever German manager.
Roman Abramovich’s new appointment might prove to be vital in reviving the Chelsea careers of two significant German transfers over the past year – Kai Havertz and Timo Werner. Both the attackers haven’t found their strides and will be hoping to hit heights under the German tactician.
It is unclear whether the former Mainz coach will be available in the dugout before Chelsea take on Wolves in the Premier League, subject to his Covid results. He will enter Chelsea’s bubble first before taking charge of matches.
With half the season already gone, Chelsea’s new boss will now have an uphill task to push Chelsea into the top four as they sit in the ninth place with 29 points, 11 points short of league leaders Manchester United.