Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is set to replace Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge, following Chelsea’s decision to sack the former England midfielder on Monday.
After a run of five defeats in their last eight Premier League outings, Lampard was dismissed on Monday morning, despite having secured the club’s passage to the FA Cup fifth round with a 3-1 win over Luton Town on Sunday.
Roman Abramovich – the Chelsea owner – felt he was left with little choice to relieve the Blues legend of his duties after spending more than £220million on seven new signings during last summer’s transfer window.
With Lampard now out of the door, Tuchel is poised to replace him in west London, with a deal close to being finalised between the two parties.
Click to play
Tap to play
The video will auto-play soon8Cancel
The 47-year-old’s arrival at Stamford Bridge will see him reunite with two of his former players in the shapes of Thiago Silva and Christian Pulisic. Silva worked with Tuchel in France whilst Pulisic was handed his breakthrough moment at Dortmund by the German.
Whilst Pulisic will no doubt be delighted and chomping at the bit to work under Tuchel once again, Silva may hold a different point of view.
That is because of what the Brazilian centre-back said following Tuchel’s exit from PSG last month. Silva spent two seasons playing under Tuchel in the French capital and was a big-name player during his tenure, winning a domestic treble and helping the club reach last season’s UEFA Champions League final.
Despite the success that Tuchel enjoyed during his time in charge of the Ligue 1 giants, Silva, who left the club when his contract expired last summer, felt the writing was on the wall for the German long before his sacking took place last month.
“It’s difficult but it was predictable that this was going to happen,” Silva…