What Christian Pulisic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jurgen Klopp have said about ‘fantastic’ new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel

A host of players, pundits and managers have assessed new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel
A host of players, pundits and managers have rated new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel (Pictures: Getty)

Thomas Tuchel was confirmed as the new Chelsea manager on Tuesday, with the former PSG and Borussia Dortmund boss taking over from club legend Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.

Roman Abramovich pulled the plug on Lampard at the start of the week following an alarming run of five defeats from eight games.

Chelsea climbed to the top of the Premier League table in early December but Lampard leaves with the club sitting ninth, six points adrift of the top-four places.

A title push is almost certainly beyond the Blues at this point, so Tuchel’s main objective over the next four months will be to secure Champions League football.

Tuchel, a former Stuttgarter Kickers and SSV Ulm 1846 defender, started his managerial career at Augsburg in 2007.

The German then succeeded Jurgen Klopp twice; first at Mainz 05 and then at Borussia Dortmund, where he won 68 of his 108 games in charge and emerged as one of Europe’s most highly-rated coaches.

Two-and-a-half seasons at PSG were to follow for Tuchel, who helped the French giants win Ligue 1 twice and reach the Champions League final in 2020.

Given the turmoil and expectancy at Stamford Bridge, a move to Chelsea may represent Tuchel’s biggest challenge yet but a host of players, pundits and managers have sung his praises in recent years.

Tuchel has replaced Frank Lampard in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat
Tuchel has replaced Frank Lampard in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat (Picture: Getty)

Christian Pulisic (played under Tuchel at Dortmund and now at Chelsea)

‘I’m just very thankful for everything [Tuchel] did for me. Tuchel always just trusted me and gave me a chance.

‘Of course he’s given me tips and feedback with what he sees every day in training and stuff like that, small things.’

Bundesliga.com, 2017

Jurgen Klopp (preceded Tuchel at Mainz and Dortmund)

‘I thought Thomas Tuchel would be the perfect manager for Dortmund, not as the guy coming after, just because he was a really good manager.

‘He was on the market and I thought “if we don’t announce it now he might sign for another club and I want him to be the manager of Dortmund”.’

Blood Red, 2020

‘A fantastic, fantastic manager.

‘You can see really his influence, it has changed a lot [Paris Saint-Germain’s] style of play, how they play, different formations and stuff like that. I know a lot of people who have worked with him, they all are full of respect for him.’

Press conference, 2020

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (played under Tuchel at Dortmund)

‘He’s one of the best coaches that I’ve had. I can’t deny his talent.

‘He’s someone a bit crazy, a little like me. You could say that his style is a bit like that of Guardiola. In any case, they play with the same spirit.

‘He likes to keep the ball with a style of play that likes to see the ball move forward, no matter what happens.’

Press conference, 2018

Dani Alves (played under Tuchel at PSG)

‘He’s incredible. Here I’ve coincided with a German with a Brazilian soul. The atmosphere he’s created he, he’s brought the pleasure into coming into work.

‘And you approach things with a big smile and energy, energy levels are high, and he reminds me of Pep, he really does.

‘He makes things really smooth, he’s stubborn but done things his own way. He’s a great man manager.

‘This gives us a better chance of achieving great things. I have to take my hat off to him. It is a real pleasure to work with him.’

BT Sport, 2020

Arsene Wenger (former Arsenal manager)

‘The real turning point [for PSG] last year was the match against Manchester United. When you are in that situation there and the principal aim is not reached, it is very difficult to reignite the flame.

‘I understand why they suffered towards the end of the season, it was logical. Now, at the beginning of this season, I feel like he has won back the team.

‘The team is on the right path. The victory against Real Madrid was a decisive turning point for him. I think that he is on a good path this season.

‘I like him [Tuchel] a lot, I like his character, his honesty. Aside from that, our job is not a question of love, it is overarchingly a question of results. He has the tools this year to express himself.’

beIN SPORTS, 2020

Pep Guardiola (Manchester City manager)

‘Welcome. He’s an exceptional manager. I’m pretty sure he will have success. Happy to see him here in this country.

‘When I was at Bayern Munich I played against him at Mainz. At the last season at Dortmund he did an incredible job, the way Dortmund played was outstanding. We fought a lot as Bayern Munich to win that title.

‘He’s a friend of mine and I’m happy to see him.’

Press conference, 2021

Rio Ferdinand (former Manchester United and England defender)

‘He was one of the most amazing managers I’ve been fortunate enough to interview. Very insightful, he was a man of detail.

‘As much as it was about speaking to him, it was also speaking to the players he managed. Dani Alves, [Gianluigi] Buffon, two of the most experienced and coveted players in this generation of footballers, they couldn’t speak any more positively about him, in terms of how he treated them as individuals and as a collective.

‘The ambience in the squad was at an all-time high. He’s done well at the clubs he’s been at previously, he got PSG to a Champions League final last year and won the league.’

BT Sport, 2020

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