After his ouster from PSG, the German coach will take over from Frank Lampard on the Chelsea bench. Good pickaxe.
We talked about it at Manchester United or Arsenal. It is at the head of Chelsea that Thomas Tuchel will discover the Premier League, which he had in mind since his surprise ouster at the end of the year at PSG. However, it was the timing that surprised, because everyone knew that his future was no longer on the banks of the Seine… Captain at the Blues as he was at Paris Saint-Germain, Thiago Silva himself recently explained that he was expecting it. As announced by various sources, the 47-year-old German technician will succeed Frank Lampard on the bench of the London team, still racing in the FA Cup (8th final at Barnsley, English L2) and in the Champions League (8th against Atletico) but overall disappointing and only ninth in the Premier League standings. In various respects, the marriage promises to be fruitful.
A young and quality workforce
The promises of summer seem far away. After an XXL recruitment (Havertz, Ziyech, T. Silva…) and 250 M€ spent (excluding bonuses), Chelsea had to get involved in the fight for the first places in the English championship. Failed. At the moment, the qualification for the next C1 is compromised. Lampard has paid the price. And Tuchel thus inherits a group whose qualities have not gone out of fashion. Objectively, only Manchester City and Liverpool have a more attractive squad on paper on the other side of the Channel. There is no reason for this to continue. No reason not to believe that Chelsea can’t match Manchester United, Tottenham or Leicester. The German coach will therefore have plenty to do and his style, know-how and mentality should fit perfectly with the requirements of the Premier League, in a context where the soccer culture is much stronger than in France. All the more so as he will have to deal with a team closer to Dortmund than to PSG in terms of star management. No Neymar or Kylian Mbappé to attract all the light. His collective game will be easier to set up.
A context more focused on soccer than in Paris
In Paris, Tuchel often complained about the context. Between what he felt was unfair media and a club that didn’t think about soccer, the Bavarian was clearly no longer in his comfort zone. Was he ever really? German observers never really recognized the Tuchel they knew in the French capital, even to the point of being uncompromising and tactically brilliant. In Chelsea, he should be able to unfold his methods with more freedom. Obviously, there is pressure from the Blues too, a big Premier League house and at the European level. But Tuchel has no vocation to officiate in a club of the Mainz level, the first one he coached in Germany. Last but not least, he will not have to juggle between a championship acquired in advance and a predominant Champions League as in Paris. At Stamford Bridge, the two competitions are at least as important as each other. However, it is even the Premier League that prevails.
Thiago Silva in the square
Thomas Tuchel and Thiago Silva. The German coach will be able to rely on his former captain at PSG in Chelsea. A player whose maintenance he claimed for a long time from Leonardo, in private but also in public, praising the Brazilian’s qualities as a defender but also as a leader each time the subject was put on the table. To his great regret, the former Milanese left after the Final 8 in Lisbon, heading for Chelsea, only receiving a late offer from Leo. “He’s an incredible captain, a leader, a role model for us in the dressing room and on the pitch. What’s more, he’s been playing at an exceptional level since I’ve been here, since day one,” said Tuchel last July. Whether he plays or not, it makes a big difference. He’s an exceptional guy, a very reliable character. He’s a sensitive personality, but that’s good for me, that’s his character. He’s extraordinary (on the field) and I’m convinced that we have a good relationship. A very close relationship. Super reliable.” The two men will therefore have the opportunity to work together again and make their association grow.
Germans in number in the workforce
In addition to Thiago Silva, Thomas Tuchel will be able to rely on a very German-speaking staff, including Antonio Rüdiger (whom he wanted in Paris at the last mercato) and the summer recruits Kai Havertz and Timo Werner. We saw him in Paris, with Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, but also Abdou Diallo, recruited in Dortmund, Tuchel likes to surround himself with German compatriots or players experienced in Bundesliga games. He will therefore be served at Chelsea. Havertz and Werner, who are disappointed in their new outfit, probably have no secrets for their new coach, who will have the task of getting them back on track. Tuchel knows Christian Pulisic very well, having coached him at Dortmund. His mastery of French will also allow him to exchange without worry with the French-speaking colony (Mendy, Giroud, Kanté…).
The language of Shakespeare has no secret for him.
Although he speaks fluent French after three and a half seasons in Paris, Thomas Tuchel is now even more fluent in English. In fact, he used to switch to English when the subject was sharp. We know that this is a strong argument for coaching in the Premier League. Indispensable in fact. And this even if there are finally only five British players in Chelsea’s squad (Chilwell, Reece, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham), in addition to the American Pulisic. His English will allow him to get his messages across more clearly to the media and fans, as well as to his management. Like his contractual situation, this was probably a prerequisite to appear on Chelsea’s radar.