Now the first specks of dust have settled at the end of another tumultuous week at Chelsea, it is more transparent than ever that Roman Abramovich continues to pursue an impossible ideal.
The owner wants silverware and cutting-edge attacking football from a team consisting of academy graduates and big-money signings. And he wants it right now.
Speaking at his introductory press conference yesterday, Thomas Tuchel rolled off the demands and desires, making it all sound far easier than it will be for him to execute.
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“In the end, the club makes this very clear, Chelsea is about results,” he said. “For us as managers, we try to develop and improve players, to increase their value through strong performances. I am very realistic and I am at a club where the DNA it is to win and go for trophies
“Success is also to make everyone in the stadium happy, everyone should be excited to come to Stamford Bridge, people should be excited to watch our team and people should feel that the team plays with a special energy and atmosphere. These are the soft points of success but in the end, we don’t need to talk a lot because Chelsea play for trophies and titles.”
The fundamental issue remains Abramovich’s impatience, the pay-offs to sacked head coaches soaring well past the £100million mark following Frank Lampard’s sacking on Monday morning.
Tuchel is clearly an elite operator and he iterated that there was no hesitation when offered this job at “one of the biggest clubs in the world, in the most competitive league in the world” but it is worth pondering for a moment if tier one coaches will eventually begin to think twice before committing when turnover is so high.
Did he consider the hiring and firing approach when negotiations were taking place last week?
“Yes and no but I’m absolutely grateful I can work on this level,” he added….