Official: Thomas Tuchel, new Chelsea manager

The German signs until 2022, with the option of extension. "I can't wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football," he said.


Thomas Tuchel is now Chelsea's new manager after Roman Abramovich fired Frank Lampard on Monday. The former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund coach, who was a finalist in the Champions League last season with the Parisian club, will direct his first training session tonight and will sit on the bench for his first game on Wednesday against Wolves. He has signed a contract for the remainder of the season and one more, with an option to extend.

At the moment, and according to the information transmitted by the club, he will not be officially presented to the press, something that he will do, in theory, after this first meeting. His arrival has been delayed due to the restrictions of the pandemic, but at this time the English press already assures that he has joined the security bubble formed in Cobham, Chelsea's sports city. Despite the fact that he should quarantine like any other citizen, the world of football is once again the exception and the English Federation (FA) has managed to make it unnecessary after carrying out the pertinent tests for the coronavirus.

First words from Tuchel

"I would like to thank Chelsea for their trust in me and my team. We all have the utmost respect for Frank Lampard's work and the legacy he 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 am grateful to be a part of the Chelsea family now. "

Director Marina Granovskaia added: "It is never easy to change coaches mid-season, but we are very happy to have one of the best coaches in Europe, Thomas Tuchel. There is still a lot to play and a lot to achieve, this season and beyond . We welcome Thomas to the club. "

The objective, now that they are ninth after five defeats in the last eight days, is to qualify for the next Champions League, something much more complicated than it seems seeing how competitive the Premier is this year. Tuchel will therefore have the mission of cutting the five points that separate the Londoners from fourth place right now, but he will also be required to make the best of some signings that last summer cost more than 200 million euros.

The performance between them is, for the moment, uneven, but Tuchel, who has experience getting the best out of the youngsters, as he already demonstrated at Borussia Dortmund, seems the most qualified coach on the market right now for what the blues want. One of those who may be most benefited by his arrival is Christian Pulisic, who has been leaving good feelings and who already praised the German in 2017: "I am tremendously grateful to him for everything he did for me. He always gave me opportunities and believed in my capabilities ".

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