Chelsea take on Wolves in the Premier League on Wednesday and Thomas Tuchel is expected to be in the dugout at Stamford Bridge.
The German manager is on his way to London to finalise an 18-month contract to take over from Frank Lampard, who was sacked as Chelsea manager on Monday with the Blues sitting ninth in the table and having lost five of their last eight matches.
The 47-year-old is believed to be taking training at Cobham on Tuesday afternoon with his new players as he will be exempt from quarantine rules when entering an elite sports bubble. Outside of training and matches though, Tuchel will have to isolate for ten days once he has provided a negativer coronavirus test result.
It was a brutal sacking by the Blues of Lampard but not an unexpected one and they have moved quickly to secure Tuchel, who was out of work having left PSG at the back end of 2020.
Tuchel will have to provide a negative test before flying to London on Tuesday and presuming that all goes well, should be revealed as the Blues’ new chief on Tuesday.
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Chelsea clarified the exact protocol with government authorities yesterday as Tuchel has been out of work, and therefore regular testing, since leaving Paris Saint-Germain last month.
The first-team squad have again been told to report to training later today (Tuesday) with the intention of Tuchel taking his first session with his new players.
They were also told on Monday to report to training in the afternoon rather than the morning to be told the club were dispensing with Lampard.
Coach Joe Edwards oversaw training on Monday and, according to The Athletic, Tuchel will be bringing three members of his backroom team with him to Cobham on Tuesday. Anthony Barry has also remained at Cobham.
Lampard’s assistants Jody Morris and Chris Jones…