Star relations soured, he was unhappy at having such a big say in transfers… and performances plummeted: How Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea empire crumbled before Todd Boehly fired him
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea reign collapsed after his relationships with players deteriorated and he became frustrated at being heavily involved in the transfer business.
The German was sacked just three months after the consortium led by Todd Boehly officially completed their takeover of Chelsea.
The Blues suffered a miserable 1-0 defeat by Dynamo Zagreb in their 100th game in charge last night in the Champions League group stage.
Thomas Tuchel was sacked by Chelsea just three months after Toddy Boehly took over
Tuchel’s relationship with the players deteriorated and performance plummeted
It wasn’t so much about results, however, as it was about the fact that relations with star players at Stamford Bridge were deteriorating.
Furthermore, Tuchel made it clear he did not enjoy the extra responsibilities he was handed in the transfer window after Boehly gave him more power and a bigger say in Chelsea’s business.
The boss recently reiterated his disappointment that former technical and performance adviser Petr Cech left Stamford Bridge after the takeover.
The German made it clear he doesn’t enjoy having a say in the club’s transfer business
Following summer rebuild and a poor start to the new season which has left Chelsea sixth in the Premier League, it has been claimed that Tuchel’s relationship with a number of Chelsea’s squads has deteriorated.
His team selection has surprised, and at times frustrated, players who felt they had been wrongly left out or played out of position. That seemed to be emerging in Zagreb.
There appears to have been a deeper problem as performances have deteriorated over time and they have conceded 53 goals in their last 50 games, a sign of the defensive breakdown affecting their trophy prospects.
That’s why Tuchel’s legacy has drastically collapsed since him joined Stamford Bridge in 2021 to replace Frank Lampard and started by winning the Champions League in six months.
Tuchel started by winning the Champions League in his first six months
Last season, Chelsea reached the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals only to lose to Liverpool on both occasions. They also finished third in the Premier League.
To close the gap on champions Manchester City and Liverpool, Chelsea’s new owners invested heavily over the summer, a record spending window for a Premier League club of more than £260m.
Wesley Fofana arrived from Leicester, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived from Barcelona while Raheem Sterling was Manchester City’s first signing.
But Chelsea got off to a stuttering start ahead of Saturday’s game against Fulham, having already lost three times this season, all away at Southampton, Leeds and Zagreb on Tuesday.
The 49-year-old’s departure will no doubt put pressure on Boehly as he’s popular with Blues supporters following 2021 Champions League success.
Tuchel also garnered a lot of respect when he became the club’s spokesman when restrictions were placed on the club following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and sanctions against former owner Roman Abramovich.