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Every word from Thomas Tuchel’s epic Chelsea press conference on his new job, Lampard and more

Why Chelsea?

Why not? It was the opportunity at one of the biggest clubs in the world, in the most competitive league in the world.

It was the moment that felt like we should absolutely not miss the chance to be part of the Chelsea family, and to compete for titles with the best managers and the best teams.

So that was a pretty easy choice.

Fear of the firing culture?

Yes and no, but I’m absolutely grateful I can work on this level.

If you sign for Chelsea you sign for the hunger of titles, you sign for being absolutely competitive in every competition you play. I’m totally aware of that.

It is like you said but it does not scare me, we have big ambitions. I myself have the biggest ambitions.

I’m very excited about the mixture of the team, I’m very excited about the structure of the club, and the first days were amazing.

And I’m absolutely aware that at some point everybody expects results but honestly, I’m doing that of myself.

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Worried of a fan backlash after Lampard left?

Fan backlash, I don’t know, I hope not because that would be hard on the team, because we need our supporters like any team, and in a stadium like ours, like Chelsea, to have the fans so close and so close behind the team makes absolutely the difference.

I can absolutely assume it’s a big, big disappointment for the fan base to see that Frank was sacked.

I can only repeat I have the biggest respect, I was a huge fan of Frank as a player, it was a huge joy to watch him play and to see how he played.

He was one of the key figures to demonstrate in 90 minutes what Chelsea was about, intensity, devotion, winning mentality.

And so I have the biggest respect for him personally and for his legacy.

It just got bigger when I received a personal message today to wish me all the best and maybe to meet in the future when this is possible.

So honestly nothing has changed…

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