Some losses are unfathomable and Chelsea’s coach Tuchel discovered it with shock as the news of his sacking seeped in after the disturbing loss against Dinamo Zagreb late on Tuesday night in the Champions League. Chelsea lost to lesser fancied Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb FC 0-1, which was the final nail in the coffin for the maverick German.
The new American ownership of Chelsea appears unforgiving in the boardroom but graceful publicly. In the official departure memo, Chelsea announced “today parted ways” and “express gratitude to Thomas”. This comes on the 100th day for the new ownership and the 100th match of the German coach Tuchel who took over from club legend Frank Lampard 20 months ago. It’s a stark reminder that in the Premier League coaches are judged every match and players every five.
But what came as a shock and surprise that in his reign which lasted for just over year and a half, he took the Blues to four finals of the five-cup competitions. He took over the reins knew that Chelsea was going through a transition period. Little did he know that he would be thrown in over the deep end of the sea amidst performance stagnation and frequent losses. He still won hearts, players’ respect and even turned into a spokesperson for the club when Roman Abromovich was asked to relinquish ownership over the Russian-Ukraine war.
However off-late, it is understood, that Tuchel ceased all forms of communication with top stakeholders and fell on the wrong side. Inexplicably in 100 matches Tuchel won 63 matches and lost only 18 with an impressive 48% Premiere League win percentage at home.
In a popular radio show by Andy Goldstein & Daren Bent for TalkSport radio outside Stamford Bridge got a fan admitted “Since last fortnight Tuchel was on thin ice and he surely has fallen out with the Chelsea board”.
What’s next? Three front runners are in contention for the coveted job at Chelsea, where it is believed that “managers in PL win trophies and then get sacked”. It is believed Graham Potter, Pochettino and Zidane are in the fray, with Potter a firm favourite. He has met the board and shared his long-term vision for the club and support expectations.
Now Chelsea fans hope to progress. Progress is not about numbers on the table alone. But the recruitment of the best coach, apt players, and style of football they play in matches and display the attractive brand of football to retain PL supremacy.
Games – 100
Wins – 63*
Draws – 19
Defeats – 18*
Clean sheets – 49
Major trophies – 3
* Includes 3 wins and
2 defeats on penalties
2021 UEFA Champions League
2021 UEFA Super Cup
2022 FIFA Club World Cup