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Why Chelsea rejected Thomas Tuchel in 2017 – and must be warned off him again

Thomas Tuchel is the favourite to replace Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager, however the Blues might think twice about handing him the reigns at Stamford Bridge.

After Lampard was relieved of his duties, the former Paris Saint Germain boss was immediately installed as odds on favourite for the job.

It’s not the first time Tuchel has been linked with the Londoners, with rumours that he was prepared to replace Antiono Conte back in 2017 despite the Italian’s Premier League triumph.

Tuchel had just parted ways with Borussia Dortmund and was sounded out as a possible replacement for Conte whose confrontational style didn’t always go down well at the club.

However, according to The Telegraph , the Blues were warned that the German, despite being a good coach, could be ‘every bit as difficult’ to work with as Conte and previous Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Thomas Tuchel was sacked by PSG in December. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

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Tuchel’s departure from Dortmund came after winning the German Cup in 2017 but amid a prickly relationship with chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke.

The manager believes players were sold over his head and was particularly angry that the club agreed to play a rearranged Champions League match against Monaco just 24 hours after the team bus had been bombed without any consultation with him or his players.

Chelsea passed up the chance to hire Tuchel that summer, with Conte staying on and the German instead moving to Paris the following year.

Thomas Tuchel led Dortmund to the German Cup in 2017 (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP via Getty Images)

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