Chelsea have sacked manager Thomas Tuchel after the team’s disappointing start to the season, which continued with a defeat in their European opener.
- Tuchel fired with immediate effect
- Dinamo loses the last drop
- Replacement not prepared yet
WHAT HAPPENED? Tuchel has paid the ultimate price for the Blues’ inconsistent start to the season, with Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League proving to be the final straw for Stamford Bridge’s board – led by new co Owner Todd Boehly.
WHAT THEY SAID: Chelsea’s official statement said: “On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the club would like to thank Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time at the club.
“As the new ownership group reaches 100 days since the acquisition of the club, and as it continues its hard work to move the club forward, the new owners believe that now is the right time to make this transition.”
THE LARGER PICTURE: Chelsea have amassed just 10 points from six Premier League games so far this season, having spent the most of any English club in the transfer market: £278.4 million ($319.9 million/€323 million). Tuchel has been sacked after 20 months in the position, during which time he brought the club its second Champions League title and UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup honours.
AND SOME MORE: The Blues have lost to Southampton, Leeds and Zagreb so far this season, and were also kept at home by Tottenham. Performance levels were far from ideal and the decision was made to change head coaches to deal with the team’s alarming form.
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Tuchel had a turbulent time at Chelsea despite his Champions League win…
Some are confused as to why Tuchel was supported over the summer and was not given a chance to prove his worth with his new squad.
There’s a touch of deja vu in the air with the nature of Tuchel’s firing, with Chelsea fans getting used to the style of heels and changes Roman Abramovich used.
WHAT NEXT FOR CHELSEA? While Chelsea are on the hunt for Tuchel’s replacement, there is little time to think about the decision. They face West London Fulham on September 10, before playing Red Bull Salzburg for the second time in the group stage of the Champions League on September 14.
Too much too early?
Was Chelsea right to remove Thomas Tuchel so early in the season?