Thomas Tuchel’s childhood affection for Tottenham has emerged after he was appointed Chelsea manager.
Frank Lampard was sacked by Roman Abramovich on Monday after a disastrous stretch of form in the Premier League.
After Arsenal’s win on Tuesday, the Blues sit 10th in the table after two wins in eight.
Tuchel has been brought in with a reputation for attacking football and tough training methods.
Following a club legend in the managerial hotseat is never an easy feat and Chelsea fans may be a little hesitant to accept him completely just yet.
But his previous comments on Tottenham threaten to make life that bit more difficult for the most ardent of Blues supporters.
Chelsea have hired Thomas Tuchel as manager
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Comments he made back in 2016 have come to light when he was then the manager of Borussia Dortmund.
His side travelled to Spurs for a Europa League match and Tuchel spoke highly of the club, admitting to having a childhood fantasy over them.
He said: “As a little kid, in my garden, when I played [football] I was always [playing] as a team from the Bundesliga.
“But there was one game when I played as Tottenham Hotspur because I liked the name so much,” he said.
“I didn’t have a picture and I didn’t know they played in London so to play them in two legs was very special.
Thomas Tuchel has replaced Frank Lampard as manager
“What I didn’t know as a kid is what I felt today and yesterday, that there are so many friendly people here.
“The coaching staff and the staff in the stadium and dressing room and benches and so on, was unbelievable.
“Such great support and atmosphere, so many friendly people, they made us feel welcome.
“Thanks a lot and best of luck to the club.”
Tuchel will be in the dugout when Chelsea take on Wolves tonight before facing Tottenham next…