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Chelsea sack Thomas Tuchel as manager after poor start to season

A club statement read: “On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the club would like to place on record its gratitude to Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time with the club. Thomas will rightly have a place in Chelsea’s history after winning the Champions League, the Super Cup and Club World Cup in his time here.

“As the new ownership group reaches 100 days since taking over the club, and as it continues its hard work to take the club forward, the new owners believe it is the right time to make this transition.

“Chelsea’s coaching staff will take charge of the team for training and the preparation of our upcoming matches as the club moves swiftly to appoint a new head coach.

“There will be no further comment until a new head coach appointment is made.”

Tuchel was appointed as Frank Lampard’s successor in January 2021 and guided Chelsea to their second Champions League crown in May that year.

In February, he led Chelsea to the only trophy previously to elude Abramovich during his 19-year tenure, the Club World Cup, with victory over Palmeiras in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

However, Tuchel then came under intense pressure as the public face of the club as Abramovich was effectively forced into selling Chelsea after the U.K. government imposed sanctions relating to his alleged ties to Russia President Vladimir Putin.

Tuchel steered the club through a difficult period on the pitch as the Boehly/Clearlake consortium negotiated their purchase of the club.

However, disagreements emerged over the club’s transfer strategy, and sources have suggested Boehly became concerned that Tuchel’s messages were not getting through to the players, many of whom had become frustrated at his approach.

The defeat in Zagreb was their third consecutive away loss, the first time that had happened under Tuchel. The club lie sixth in the Premier League, having won three of their opening six matches.

Speaking after losing in Zagreb, Tuchel said: “Of course I’m frustrated; there’s too much to analyse, I’m a part of it, and we are clearly not where we need to be. At the moment everything is missing.”

10 facts you do not know about former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel…

Thomas Tuchel remains the most successful coach in Mainz’s history, averaging more points per game (1.41) than the man who took them into the Bundesliga for the very first time back in 2005/06 – Jürgen Klopp (1.13). Read on to find out more facts about Thomas Tuchel.

Thomas Tuchel is a German former footballer who played as a defender and he’s a professional football manager who is the current head coach of Premier League club Chelsea. He was born on August 29, 1973, meaning that 

Thomas Tuchel’s age is 48.

Tuchel grew up playing soccer with TSV Krumbach and FC Augsburg before making his professional debut with the Stuttgarter Kickers in 1992.

He had a short career as a player and played his entire club career in Germany from 1992 to 1998 and never played for Germany national team. In general, his playing career spanned from 1992 to 1998, most of it spent with SSV Ulm.

Tuchel is interested in the psychological elements that underpin a player’s performance. At Mainz, he subjected his players to a mental test which yielded a 30-page evaluation.

“We didn’t just want to individualize training content, but also the way we addressed our players,” he told in an interview.

As a coach, Tuchel follows the famous tactical approach of ‘gegenpressing’ established by his predecessor at Mainz and Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp. The theory is based on the tactic of pressing forward when out of possession, pushing the opponents when deep in their own half.

Besides the psychological element, Tuchel is also a keen statistician and puts particular importance on his players’ fitness. His coaching style is seen as innovative and challenging, the cutting edge of the new German school.

The followings are some facts about Thomas Tuchel:

Many believe that because Thomas Tuchel’s playing career ended so early, he felt an added motivation to succeed as a coach. According to many, he has proven that he is Chelsea’s best manager since Jose Mourinho. Chelsea’s German manager won the 2020/21 UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year award.

Tuchel beat off competition from Roberto Mancini

 and Josep Guardiola to become the second German winner after Hansi Flick claimed the inaugural award for 2019/20.

Thomas Tuchel early life

Thomas Tuchel, born 29 August 1973, is a German former professional footballer who played for Stuttgarter Kickers and SSV Ulm during his senior club career.

The fact about 

Thomas Tuchel’s childhood

 is that he was born in Krumbach, where is the second biggest town in the Bavaria district in Germany.

About 

Thomas Tuchel’s parents

, it should be mentioned that his parents are Rudolf and Gabriele Tuchel and his father is a retired football coach.

Thomas’ father, Rudolf, was a football coach and he was the first coach of his son and made him interested in football.

Thomas Tuchel embraced the decision to become a professional footballer with the support of his father and in 1979, he entered into the roster of his local youth team, TSV Krumbach.

Thomas had the intension of becoming a helicopter pilot as a career backup option, which made him continue his studies.

In 1988, Thomas Tuchel moved to the academy at FC Augsburg , however, he never played for the first team, being released soon after he turned 19, in 1992.

His manager in Augsburg

, Heiner Schuhmann, noted ”Tuchel was a passionate player who gave his all on the pitch, but had few friends among his teammates because he was exacting and demanding”.

Thomas Tuchel personal life

The fact about Thomas Tuchel’s personal life is that he married his wife Sissi in May 2009; she is a former employee of a publishing house.

About  Thomas Tuchel’s children it should be mentioned that he has two daughters; Emma and Kim who were born one year apart.

The noticeable fact about Thomas Tuchel personality is that he is a person who pays attention to the smallest details and has a deep scientific approach to life which bonds that nothing is left to chance.

Thomas Tuchel professional career

Playing as a central defender, Thomas Tuchel played for SSV Ulm until being forced to retire in 1998, at age 24, after suffering a knee cartilage injury. Tuchel’s recovery was all the more struggling considering he never fully recovered from it, even after trying his best.

The inability to recover from this injury meant he had to bring his playing career to an abrupt end at the age of just 24. This meant that he had spent only 5 years in professional playing football.

“It’s a bit hard to talk about my career because it ended before it even started with some games in the second or third division,’ said Tuchel.

Thomas Tuchel club career

The fact about Thomas Tuchel’s club career is that he signed for 2. Bundesliga side Stuttgarter Kickers in 1992 to begin his senior career.

During the 1992-93 season, Tuchel played eight matches and scored one goal but in the following season he was released from Kickers’ first team.

He joined Regionalliga Süd side SSV Ulm in 1994, where his coach was Hermann Badstuber, the father of Holger Badstuber, whom Tuchel would later manage at youth level.

As mentioned before Tuchel played as a central defender and he played for SSV Ulm until being forced to retire in 1998, at age 24, after suffering a knee gristle injury. He participated in 69 appearances and scored two goals for SSV Ulm.

Thomas Tuchel managerial career

Tuchel was hired by Ralf Rangnick as youth team coach at VfB Stuttgart and began his coaching career in 2000.

He coached the under-19 side of the club to the Under 19 Bundesliga trophy in the 2004-05 campaign and helped in the development of future first team players, namely Holger Badstuber and Mario Gómez

.

Tuchel returned to Augsburg in 2005 and was appointed as youth team coordinator. He remained as coordinator for three years, finally changing into management after being offered the position as first team coach at FC Augsburg II for the 2007-08 season.

An interesting fact about his time at Augsburg II is that, the current manager of German giants, Bayern Munich

, Julian Nagelsmann, was under his coaching.

In fact, it was Thomas Tuchel who transitioned Nagelsmann

 to a coaching career after he was informed to scout for the club in 2008.

Thomas Tuchel collected a reputation for his combustibility towards referees during matches and as a result he often received fines from the Bavarian Football Association (BFV).

The fact about Thomas Tuchel ‘s stats with Augsburg II is that, his team placed fourth at the end of the 2007–08 Landesliga Bayern-Süd and he earned a winning percentage of 58.82% in 34 league appearances.

Tuchel’s performance as the manager of Augsburg II impressed many top-level German clubs, and in 2009 he went on to be appointed by Bundesliga club Mainz 05.

Tuchel was promoted into the role after acting as a youth coach at Mainz for the previous 12 months, during which his team had won the Under 19 Bundesliga.

The club executive, Christian Heidel, stated that Tuchel’s perfectionism, going as far as to absorb pitch repair before a match against Olympiacos, contributed to his eventual appointment.

The structure of the squad was seen in Tuchel’s tactical access at the club, as despite having technically inferior players, he taught them to utilize long diffusion and focus on pressing off the ball.

Typically overloading one part of the opposition half in order to make less space to create counter-attacking situations, as harsh high-pressure would make chances by dispossessing or forcing mistakes from the opposition. Tuchel led Mainz to a ninth-place finish in Bundesliga during his first season as manager.

In the following season, his team had a perfect start to the season, winning seven matches in their first seven, including an away victory over Bayern Munich.

Tuchel’s team eventually placed fifth in the 2010-11 season and qualified for the third-qualifying round of the 2011-12 UEFA Europa League.

His team scored 52 goals in that season and only four Bundesliga sides scored more goals than them, of those goals; fifteen had been scored by rising star André Schürrle, and ten by Sami Allagui, who was a key part of Tuchel’s pressing system.

In the summer, Tuchel’s Mainz lost Schürrle to Bayer Leverkusen

 and Allagui’s lack of form caused their fall to a thirteenth-place finish in the 2011-12 campaign.

They also suffered an early exit in the Europa League tournament, and ended the season with 39 points, the lowest total during Tuchel’s spell at Mainz.

In the 2012-13 season, Mainz would go on to repeat their thirteenth-placed finish from the last season.

Contrary to a poor start and end to the season, there were notably fewer struggles than in the previous campaign, and they finished six points below seventh place.

The 2013-14 season was Tuchel’s final season with Mainz; he led them to a seventh-place finish, qualifying for the group stages of the 2014-15 UEFA Europa League.

Despite offers by Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04 for his services in the latter-half of the 2013–14 season, Thomas Tuchel stayed at Mainz till the end of the campaign.

In May 2014, Tuchel requested to be released from his contract which was initially refused by Mainz, but on 11 May 2014, he was permitted to resign.

The fact about Thomas Tuchel’s stats with the club is that, he finished his Mainz career with a record of 72 wins, 46 draws, and 64 losses, from 182 appearances, with a win percentage of 39.56%.

Coach Jürgen Klopp declared that he would leave Borussia Dortmund in April 2015. The club quickly decided on Tuchel, keen to insert a comparable press-based footballing philosophy made a club trademark under Klopp.

On 19 April 2015, Tuchel’s appointment as the club’s new head coach for the following season happened, signing a three-year contract executable from 1 July, he returned to coaching after over a year without a club.

Tuchel used a 4-2-3-1 formation at Dortmund; players like Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Shinji Kagawa and the deep-dropping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would perform overloads in pockets of space in-between the lines.

Dortmund ended Tuchel’s debut season trophyless, despite reaching the 2016 DFB-Pokal Final, in which they lost to Bayern Munich on penalties.

Tuchel’s team also suffered elimination at the quarter-final stage of the UEFA Europa League at the hands of Liverpool

, who were now coached under Jürgen Klopp.

Tuchel’s Dortmund managed to score 82 goals in the 2015–16 Bundesliga, a club record, and the team’s average league possession of 61% and an average pass accuracy of 85% were remarkable improvements from their counter pressing days with Klopp.

Their point total of 78 was also the second highest in Dortmund’s history, and would have secured a league title in all but three of the previous 52 seasons. Dortmund finished second in the Bundesliga, ensuring UEFA Champions League football.

Dortmund spent heavily on player buying, in preparation for the following season, spending a total of €109.75 million in the transfer market; the club was looking to find replacements for Gündoğan, Mkhitaryan and Mats Hummels who were all key players.

Mario Götze, Ousmane Dembélé, Marc Bartra, Raphaël Guerreiro and Emre Mor were notably brought in.

Tuchel’s team managed to return to the final of the DFB-Pokal, where Tuchel won his first ever major trophy as a coach, as well as the club’s first title in five years, as they defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1, with goals from Aubameyang and Dembélé. It was Tuchel’s only honor with Dortmund, as he was fired three days later on 30 May 2017. 

His performance as first-team coach was marred with argument, with a strained connection with the club’s hierarchy, notably CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, who described Thomas Tuchel as a “difficult person”.

Tuchel openly blamed Watzke after he agreed to UEFA’s request that the club play their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match against Monaco on 12 April 2017, one day after the team’s bus being bombed.

Thomas Tuchel also reportedly remarked discontent over transfer activity, with Watzke approving the transfers of Mkhitaryan, Gündoğan and Hummels despite guarantees they would not leave.

The fact about Thomas Tuchel’s stats with Dortmund

 is that, he left the club with a record of 68 victories, 23 draws, and 17 defeats in 108 matches, with a win percentage of 62.96%.

Paris Saint-Germain

Thomas Tuchel signed a two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain

 (PSG) in May 2018, replacing Unai Emery. He refused Bayern Munich to join the club.

His first move in the transfer market was the constant signing of Monaco forward Kylian Mbappé for an initial fee of €180m on 1 July.

Tuchel’s debut match as head coach of the club also yielded his first honor with them, as PSG defeated Monaco 4-0 to win the Trophée des Champions on 4 August. Eight days later Tuchel also saw victory in his first league match, as the club defeated Caen 3-0.

After enjoying a short unbeaten record, Tuchel suffered his first defeat at PSG on September 18, losing 3-2 away to Liverpool in a Champions League group stage match.

However, by November, Tuchel would break the record for the most victories to start to a domestic league campaign, as he recorded twelve straight wins.

This record was later developed to contain two additional victories, prior to the club ending its 100% start to the season on 2 December, after PSG drew 2-2 away to Bordeaux.

By retaining victory over Nantes on 22 December, Tuchel also broke the record for most points by Christmas in Ligue1, with 47 after 17 appearances eclipsing the record of 45 after 17 set by PSG in the 2015-16 season.

Tuchel’s PSG knocked out of the Champions League in the first knockout round against Manchester United

. The club secured a 2-0 victory away from home in the first leg, but lost 1-3 at home, exiting the tournament on away goals.

Tuchel won the Ligue 1 trophy on 21 April, six gameweeks before the end of the season, marking his first league title victory in his coaching career.

In the end of the season, Tuchel signed a one-year contract extension, planned to end in 2021. Tuchel started his second season at PSG by protecting the Trophée des Champions on 3 August 2019, in a 2-1 victory against Rennes.

The domestic league was canceled on 30 April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while their Champions League matches, the Coupe de France, and the Coupe de la Ligue finals were postponed.

On 24 July PSG returned to contesting football, winning the Coupe de France after beating Saint-Étienne 1-0 in the final match. The match was marred by Kylian Mbappé

 suffering an ankle injury, which ruled him out for three weeks.

On 31 July, Tuchel’s PSG defeated Lyon 6-5 on penalties in the 2020 Coupe de la Ligue Final to complete a domestic quadruple.

On August 12, PSG scored two late goals to overcome Atalanta 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, marking the club’s first appearance in the semi-finals of the tournament since the 1994-95 season.

In the semi-final, PSG defeated German club, RB Leipzig

, 3-0 to reach their first ever Champions League final, as well as their first European final since the 1997. They would go onto lose the final match by a single goal to Bayern Munich on August 23.

In the following season Tuchel was dismissed on 24 December, just a day after beating Strasbourg 4-0, surprising many at the club, involving assistant coach Zsolt Lőw.

The fact about Thomas Tuchel’s stats at PSG is that, he left the club with a record of 95 wins, 13 draws, and 19 losses in 127 appearances, with the best win percentage in Ligue 1 history (75.6%) and the highest average of points per game.

Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel signed an 18-month contract (with the option for an extra year) with Premier League club Chelsea

 on 26 January 2021, replacing Frank Lampard. Tuchel is the first German to be appointed as head coach of Chelsea.

The following day, Tuchel took charge of his first appearance, a goalless draw at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers; a match that set the record for passes completed (820) and most possession (78.9%) for a manager’s first Premier League match.

On 8 March, Tuchel extended his unbeaten run to eleven Matches after a 2-0 home league victory over Everton, becoming the first head coach in Premier League history to protect consecutive home clean sheets in their first five home appearances.

On 17 March, Tuchel extended his unbeaten run to 13 matches, after a 2-0 home win against Atlético Madrid in the second leg of the Round of 16 in the UCL, setting the record for the longest undefeated run by a new head coach in Chelsea’s history.

His unbeaten run finally concluded at 14 games, after a 5-2 home loss against league strugglers West Bromwich Albion on 3 April. Chelsea managed to reach the 2021 FA Cup Final but eventually lost the final match 1-0 against Leicester City.

Thomas Tuchel led the club to the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final after a 3-1 aggregate win over Real Madrid 

in the semi-finals and became the first coach to reach consecutive finals with two various clubs.

Tuchel’s Chelsea finally won the Champions League trophy with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the final. Following this, Tuchel signed a contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2024.

In his first transfer window at Chelsea, they re-signed Belgian Romelu Lukaku for a club-record £97.5 million (€115 million). Tuchel started the season with an eight-match undefeated streak, including winning the UEFA Super Cup, before suffering their first defeat of the season, against Manchester City, on 25 September.

Some quick facts about Thomas Tuchel:

About Thomas Tuchel’s age it should be mentioned that he was born on 29 August 1973, this means that he’s 48 years old.

The Chelsea manager, who replaced sacked Frank Lampard

 at Stamford Bridge on an 18-month deal, once posed for a fashion shoot in New York for Die Zeit’s men’s magazine.

He also had a stint as a barman, when he was forced to retire from the game aged just 24 – that he admits helped him become a more confident person.

The fact about Thomas Tuchel’s coaching is that he’s known for his tactical understanding and flexibility as well as his performing of inventing training systems.

During his period at Mainz, Tuchel cut the corners off the training pitch in an attempt to improve movement and passing, and forced his players to hold tennis balls during defensive workouts to attempt to limit unnecessary fouling.

At PSG, Tuchel mainly played a 4-3-3 with plenty of talent to emphasize the attacking skills of wide forwards Neymar

 and Kylian Mbappé, although, used up to ten different formations while at the club.

“Train Neymar and Mbappé? No, it’s not easy. I had a very difficult time,” he commented on his two stars.

“There was a very heavy pressure on my shoulders. Sometimes I couldn’t sleep after I got home. Everything was negative. I felt the pressure was heavy. It wasn’t all good times. It’s still a mix. Do you feel the support of the club? The trust of people near you? All of this makes things easier.

If you don’t feel all this, no matter what level you play at, you won’t be at your best and you will start behaving politically and your team will feel it. Since joining Chelsea, I have been feeling ‘good, confident, I’m more creative, ambitious, so that feeling carries over to the players and the team. This is how I feel right now.”

In Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel was known for making repeated player changes in his early tenure; he made 39 changes to the starting lineup in 10 Premier League matches between January and March 2021.

The German tactician head coach, Thomas Tuchel, has mostly been nicknamed as ”The Professor” in his long running coaching career.

During his childhood he was a “huge” supporter of Borussia Mönchengladbach, and his first footballing idol was Hans-Günter Bruns, who spent most of his career in Borussia Mönchengladbach

 and played as a midfielder.

Thomas Tuchel attended Simpert-Kraemer-Gymnasium and made tactical strategies in Physical education volleyball. Tuchel graduated from Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University with a degree in business management, and worked as a bar attendant at the Radio Bar in Stuttgart while a student.

Thomas is a polyglot, speaking German, English, Italian and French. He describes himself as a “half vegetarian” and consumes very small amounts of alcohol.

Tuchel is a fan of rock music, hip hop and tennis and also considers himself a ”book worm”, namely of crime thriller novels and books about design and architecture.

He graduated from Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University with a degree in business administration, and worked as a bartender at the Radio Bar in Stuttgart while a student.

In 2017, Tuchel took part in a modeling shoot in New York, America for the German men’s magazine ‘Die Zeit’.

The fact about Thomas Tuchel’s championship winnings as a coach is that his greatest achievement came in 2021 when his team, Chelsea, won the UCL title for the second time in club history.

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