Thomas Tuchel was hired at Chelsea after their run of poor performances under former manager Frank Lampard. He overtook the Blues legend who maybe exceeded everyone’s expectations by securing top four and a FA cup final in his first season. He managed to achieve this feat without the prolific Eden Hazard and a transfer ban.
Tuchel’s blue and white army has only lost two matches under him. The 47-year-old has transformed Chelsea in his two months in charge, winning nine and drawing four of his first 13 games.
Though it might not seem that the former PSG manager struggled to adapt from Ligue 1 to Premier League. He has labelled the transition to be brutal.
Tuchel on the challenges of Premier League
“In France, we played the same number of matches, two cups and there are also 20 teams in the Championship. But the intensity and challenge of the Championship are really very different here. It’s a completely different level.
“It’s pretty ruthless, it keeps you on your own and it makes you get up early in the morning. There is simply no time to breathe. There is not too much time to sit down, to be relaxed or comfortable.
He said that the intensity and the competition of the Premier League are on a different level. He found it impressive that everyone is aware of the challenges and how to approach them.
“They are up to the task of recovering, in their approach to their work, during the time they spend here at the club. Everyone at the club is aware of what it takes to be in shape”
He also said that they arrive at every game with the knowledge and deep conviction that they are perfectly prepared for it and that they can perform at the highest level and adapt.
Much was expected of the Blues this season but they still managed to an FA cup final, have a bit of breathing space in the race of top four and are in the semi-finals of the Champions League (whose result is yet to be determined). Much appreciation to Frank Lampard but it was Thomas Tuchel who revived Chelsea’s season.