After the sacking of blues icon Frank Lampard, Chelsea officially introduced Thomas Tuchel as the club’s new coach in an alarming slump in form.
Lampard was officially released on Monday after 19 months at Stamford Bridge.
The midfield legend left the club ninth in the Premier League table, 11 points behind the top and five points behind the Champions League places.
Lampard’s reign ended with a 3-1 FA Cup win over Luton Town on Sunday. However, the damage has already been caused by five defeats in Chelsea’s last eight Premier League games.
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The club of the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has now turned to German Tuchel to lead her out of her discomfort and to push her back on the table.
Chelsea on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of the 47-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain manager to an 18-month contract with the option of an extension.
“I would like to thank Chelsea FC for the confidence they have shown in me and my staff,” Tuchel said in a statement released by the club.
“We all have the utmost respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he has created at Chelsea. At the same time, I can’t wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football. I’m grateful to be part of it now . ” the Chelsea family. It feels great. “
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added that “it has never been easy to switch heads in the middle of the season, but we are delighted to have Thomas Tuchel, one of the best coaches in Europe”.
Tuchel arrived at the club’s Cobham base on Tuesday night and will be on the pitch for the Premier League’s clash with the Wolves at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
The German becomes Abramovich’s 13th other manager since the Russian oligarch bought the club in West London in the summer of 2013.
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Tuchel was fired from PSG in December after reportedly clashing with the Paris hierarchy.
The dismissal came despite Tuchel leading the team to two consecutive Ligue 1 titles and a first appearance in the Champions League final last season.
Tuchel’s immediate task at Chelsea will be to get the best out of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner – two compatriots who came to London in the summer with high prices and expectations, but have not yet delivered.
The German will be reunited with American winger Christian Pulisic, whom he headed at Borussia Dortmund, and former PSG veteran Thiago Silva, who joined Chelsea as a free agent last summer.
There was disappointment among Chelsea believers that club icon Lampard didn’t have time to change things after leading the team to a creditworthy fourth place in their first responsible season.
However, it has been alleged that tensions with the Blues hierarchy grew increasingly tense in this campaign over transfer goals and the fate of goalkeeping flop Kepa Arrizabalaga with big money.
It was also said that there was dissatisfaction in significant areas of the dressing room over a lack of instructions and tactical directions from Lampard.
The former Dortmund and Mainz manager Tuchel is considered to be tactically smarter and more experienced than Lampard, who joined the management team in 2007 with Augsburg II after a knee injury shortened his career at the age of 25.
However, Tuchel is not known for his handling of football club politics, which can be an issue at Chelsea, where director Marina Granovskaia is said to be running a tight ship on behalf of owner Abramovich.
The Russian oligarch made a rare public statement on Monday thanking Lampard and signaling the difficulty arising from the decision to sack the club’s top scorer.
Lampard himself later released a statement of thanks to Abramovich, but expressed disappointment that he was not given more time to change the team’s fate.
The London club is now heading in a new direction with another manager at the helm.
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