Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of Thomas Tuchel as the club’s new head coach.
The 47-year-old, who has previously worked at Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, has signed an 18-month contract with the Blues with the “possibility” of an extension and will take charge of his first game on Wednesday when Wolverhampton Wanderers visit Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea turned to the German having made the decision to dismiss club legend Frank Lampard today. The Blues’ all-time leading scorer was sacked this morning after a wretched run of form in the Premier League.
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Tuchel will be charged with immediately improving Chelsea’s results and getting the side back into contention for the Champions League positions.
The Blues currently sit ninth in the top-flight table but are only five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.
He will also have to get the best out of fellow countrymen Timo Werner and Kai Havertz. The duo joined Chelsea in the summer from RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen respectively but struggled for form under Lampard.
“I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me and my staff,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s official website.
“We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea.
“At the same time, I cannot wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football. I am grateful to now be part of the Chelsea family – it feels amazing.”
Tuchel arrived at Cobham in the early afternoon and held a meeting with the first-team players at 5pm. He is overseeing his first training session this evening ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow.