Engaging, funny and no nonsense – Thomas Tuchel’s first Chelsea press conference had it all

Thomas Tuchel’s first pre-match press conference as Chelsea manager did not disappoint whatsoever.

We had briefly heard from the new German head coach to TV broadcasters before the Wolves game, a short interview with the Chelsea website after his appointment and then post-match after the draw on Wednesday.

The day after was the first chance for Tuchel to truly open up on what has been a whirlwind 72 hours for the 47-year-old head coach, who has replaced Frank Lampard at the helm.

Some managers are more open than others, sometimes to a fault. Slaven Bilic when he was West Ham manager was too honest to a fault, but he was a journalist’s dream to work with. Others are media trained to within an inch of their life that they are as dull as dishwater.

Straight off the bat, Tuchel made it very clear that there would be no skirting around any questions from the media and that he would be frank and honest. It’s that attitude which has seen him rub the hierarchy of both Borussia Dortmund and Paris St Germain up the wrong way but he is not going to change.

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Tuchel answered every question thrown at him, in a detailed way. Only twice throughout the hour he was on Zoom with journalists did he have to pause and ask for help with a translation from German to English.

He has his ideas, he has his way, and it is the way that it will be done at Cobham.

You could also sense his frustrations however when talking about “building a special atmosphere and bond” with his players.

Tuchel revealed that the Chelsea squad is currently using three separate dressing rooms at Cobham on a daily basis and they can’t all use the gym at the same time or celebrate as much as they’d like to on the training ground.

Instilling that camaraderie is clearly integral to how Tuchel believes he succeeds as a coach but he can’t quite get that done due to the…


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