Thomas Tuchel has finally broken his silence over his shock sacking in a transition that saw Graham Potter takeover at the Chelsea helm.
What’s the word?
The 49-year-old took to Twitter to issue a statement in response to his sacking.
Taking to his personal page, Tuchel wrote:
“This is one of the most difficult statements I have ever had to write – and it is one which I hoped I would not need to do for many years. I am devastated that my time at Chelsea has come to an end.
“This is a club where I felt at home, both professionally and personally. Thank you so much to all the staff, the players and the supporters for making me feel very welcome from the start.
“The pride and joy I felt at helping the team to win the Champions League and the Club World Cup will stay with me forever. I am honoured to have been a part of this club’s history and the memories of the last 19 months will always have a special place in my heart.”
A brutal exit
Despite a stuttering start to the season amidst a midfield injury crisis, Tuchel guided the Blues to sixth place, one point ahead of Liverpool.
The German boss had just managed to attract former Arsenal captain Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang to the club, due to their positive relationship, and despite a lacklustre debut for the Gambian star, saw his side rack up an improved 15 total shots in the 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb in the opening fixture of the Champions League group stage.
The side were a work in progress as Tuchel looked to reinstate his side’s reputation as a mass-possession, water-tight and transitionally excellent force – the same force that saw the club lift the Champions League, Fifa Club World Cup and UEFA SuperCup under the 49-year-old’s tenure.
The sacking of Tuchel came as a shock and made for what was a brutal exit in a scenario that the German would have been confident of turning around.
But it was not to be, with the former PSG boss left devastated over the decision that has been made.