Former Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel made his managerial debut with Chelsea FC to a scoreless draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
After the fixture, Tuchel spoke with talkSPORT to discuss the details of his firing by the capital club, which occurred during the holiday break last month.
“Job-wise, I had a pretty s****y Christmas, and suddenly it feels like I found the best present and forgot the best present under the Christmas tree, and it’s there,” Tuchel said.
Les Parisiens decided to act quickly and hire ex-Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino to replace the German tactician. However, Tuchel didn’t last long in the unemployment line.
Once it became clear that Frank Lampard wasn’t the guy for Chelsea, The Blues quickly snagged the ex-PSG manager to lead their squad. Tuchel discussed taking over the job with Chelsea and managing in the Premier League.
“This is a dream to be in the competition with the best teams and best coaches; this is what you dream about, and when it becomes a reality, it’s an amazing feeling,” Tuchel said.
“In general, I had doubts it was going to happen, and then suddenly in the last 72 hours, it was Chelsea and the Premier League. I had the feeling I couldn’t let this possibility pass me by, as I’d regret it for the rest of my coaching life.”
Despite the ending with PSG, plenty of supporters will remember Tuchel in a fond light once the dust settles. The German manager did take the capital club to its first-ever UEFA Champions League final last season.
Nonetheless, it became clear that the squad had reached its limit with Tuchel, and a change needed to occur. Regardless, both sides are happy with the divorce as PSG has their new manager going forward, and Tuchel is now in charge of the Chelsea project.
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