Thomas Tuchel is the new Chelsea head coach but what are the big tasks facing Frank Lampard’s successor?
Tuchel got straight to work on Tuesday after being on an initial 18-month contract, taking training at Cobham as he prepares for Wednesday night’s Premier League visit of Wolves.
From managing relationships to getting the best out of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, these are the tasks on Tuchel’s agenda…
Getting the squad to buy into methods
Tuchel will have to build strong relationships at Stamford Bridge
There has been a lot written about Tuchel, what a great coach he is and what a visionary he is.
We’ve read all the words but let’s see how good he is in the Premier League. It has been his dream to manage in England and his dream has become reality.
Quite a few of the Chelsea players had issues with Frank Lampard and were unhappy. Well, there’s a new man in charge, there’s a new regime and they are going to have to get used to doing things Thomas Tuchel’s way.
When he walks into that training ground and meets those players for the first time, some of those players already know him, but they are going to have a lot of respect for him because of what he has already achieved, his coaching pedigree, the fact he got to the Champions League final last season and the fact he has coached players like Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Dealing with the hierarchy
Tuchel has replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea’s new head coach
The most important area – always at Chelsea – is how you manage your relationships upwards.
What is his relationship going to be like with Marina Granovskaia? What is his relationship going to be like with Petr Cech? What is his relationship going to be like with Bruce Buck? Ultimately, what is his relationship going to be like with Roman Abramovich?
It’s going to be key for Thomas Tuchel.
He has been used to…