Former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is finally breaking the silence over last week’s surprise layoff.
After a mediocre start to the Premier League and a terrible start to their UCL campaign, Chelsea elected to part ways with the Tuchey last week.
The firing came as a shock to many fans considering Tuchel’s winning record and accomplishments.
The German coach broke his silence on Twitter for the first time since the controversial sacking, expressing his shock and disappointment at the dismissal.
“This is one of the most difficult statements I have ever had to write – and it is one which I hoped I would not need to do for many years. I am devastated that my time at Chelsea has come to an end.
This is a club where I felt at home, both professionally and personally. Thank you so much to all the staff, the players and the supporters for making me feel very welcome from the start.
The pride and joy I felt at helping the team to win the Champions League and the Club World Cup will stay with me forever. I am honored to have been a part of this club’s history and the memories of the last 19 months will always have a special place in my heart.”
Tuchel’s firing was the latest change in an unstable year for the London club. While Chelsea has been down for the last 5-6 months, one can hardly blame Tuchel considering the complex geopolitical pressures that played a role in the club’s upheaval. The war in Ukraine forced Chelsea’s former owner Roman Abramovich out earlier this year, and the club has been in flux since American Todd Boehly’s borderline hostile takeover. Boehly and Tuchel have reportedly been at odds over recruiting strategy – one of the many issues leading to Tuchel’s firing.
Tuchel coached Chelsea for 100 games, winning a Champions League title and Club World Cup during his tenure.
Chelsea wasted no time finding their new manager, hiring Brighton’s Graham Potter almost 24 hours after letting Tuchel go.
Potter will likely benefit from the Premier League’s unexpected break, giving him plenty of time to improve his new squad.
The Blues will face their first challenge under Potter on Wednesday as they take on RB Salzburg at home in the Champions League.
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