Thomas Tuchel has been confirmed as Chelsea’s new manager, replacing Frank Lampard at the helm after the former midfielder was sacked on Monday.
The 47-year-old German is believed to have penned an 18-month contract in west London and is taking his first training session with his new players at Cobham on Tuesday evening.
Tuchel will be in the dugout for Wednesday’s Premier League visit of Wolves to Stamford Bridge as the former Paris St Germain manager is part of an elite sport exemption. That means he can attend training and matches but has to isolate when away from the team bubble for the next ten days.
Tucehl was sacked by PSG at the back end of 2020 following a two-and-a-half year stay in the French capital where he reached the Champions League final in 2019, only to be beaten by Bayern Munich at the final hurdle.
Tuchel also spent seven seasons in the Bundesliga, first with Mainz and then with Borussia Dortmund where he replaced Jurgen Klopp who had departed for Liverpool.
Tuchel said of his appointment at Chelsea: “I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me and my staff.
“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.”
The axe fell on Lampard’s reign at Chelsea after a run of five defeats in eight games. The Blues were briefly top of the Premier League standings after beating Leeds 3-1 at Stamford Bridge but now find themselves eleven points off table-toppers Manchester United in the current standings.
The minimum requirement for Tuchel will be to get Chelsea into the Champions League come the end of the season and with the Blues still involved in the Champions League and F Cup, a potential trophy is also in the offering.