Few coaches in the modern history of Chelsea Football Club have enjoyed the respect Thomas Tuchel has. Arriving as a big winner in both Germany and in France, he took over at Chelsea in a state of flux. Quickly, he turned the team around on the pitch and won the UEFA Champions League. While the summer spending did not really result in the success people wanted this year, the off-pitch drama that has evolved since February has engulfed almost everything else.
With UK Government ministers saying that the club has to be sold within ‘weeks’, most assumed Chelsea would be in trouble. Without rapid new ownership, the club could be at risk of a trifecta of issues. One, running out of capital and ending up in a tough spot financially. Two, having to sell their key players whilst having no ability to retain players leaving like Antonio Rudiger. Thirdly and arguably most seriously, though, was the prospect of Tuchel leaving.
The German was heavily linked with the Manchester United job, and gave some very non-committal answers about staying. However, it looks like the Blues coach will be going nowhere as he declared his future is at Chelsea. Even with uncertainty about the ownership of the club moving forward, it sounds like Tuchel is keen to be part of the project for the long-haul.
One benefit of the change in ownership might be the end of the hire-and-fire approach to coaches. Tuchel has immense cache with the players and the fans, and could easily survive a trophyless season again during transition in 2022 and 2023. However, the coach has declared that he will find love for his squad regardless of who is part of it in the coming season. There are some rumours
Tuchel to fall ‘in love’ with squad
Tuchel was asked at his recent press conference ahead of the 1-1 draw with Manchester United about his future plans. Asked if he will be able to stay at Chelsea and keep the Blues competitive, he responded in the affirmative by saying: “Yes, it’s my job – no matter how the situation will be solved and when it will be solved. We will dig in and we will try to squeeze out everything of the squad that we have. And hopefully, and I know myself, I will again fall in love with a squad that I have and try to push the squad to the limit.”
However, he did speak of the fact the Blues will be losing Rudiger on a free transfer. The German centre-half arrived from AS Roma in 2017 and looks set to depart for nothing. Despite making his future harder, Tuchel had nothing but kind words for the player, saying: “It has been a pleasure every single day with Toni, and I’m a bit concerned that we talk too much in the past about it. There are still things to achieve, big things, and he is still a big part of this club and we demand still 100% of him.”
Blues fans worried about a new coach arriving in the summer, then, can breathe a sigh of relief. Barring new ownership getting rid of him, Thomas Tuchel will be back at Stamford Bridge next year.
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