Just over 24 hours from Frank Lampard’s dismissal, former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is set to be installed as Chelsea’s new head coach.
The 47-year-old, who was sacked by PSG only last month, has been earmarked as the Blues’ ideal replacement for Lampard, with him poised to arrive in England on Tuesday afternoon ahead of taking training for the very first time.
football.london understands that the former Mainz chief will not face a spell in self-isolation as he is joining an elite sport exemption programme, but he will still have to follow some government guidelines as far as the pandemic is concerned.
Should his arrival go through as planned today, he will be able to take charge of the Blues’ clash at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday evening, subject to him providing a negative coronavirus test. If not he will take charge for the first time against Burnley on Sunday.
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Entering a team that has lost five of its last eight Premier League outings, Tuchel’s first task is going to be to try to raise the confidence and spirit within the camp, as they look to try and reignite their push for a top-four finish.
Despite defeating Luton Town in the FA Cup on Sunday, winning 3-1, Chelsea are in a rut at this moment in time, with last Tuesday evening’s defeat to Leicester City proving to be a real low point in their campaign.
But just like with any new manager at any club, Tuchel will be looking to put his own stamp of authority on the squad, making changes that he feels could be necessary in an attempt to get the Blues back on track.
During his time at both Dortmund and PSG, Tuchel was blessed with quality players, something he will once again inherit in west London, even though Chelsea’s stars have come under heavy criticism in recent…