‘I am DEVASTATED that my time at Chelsea has come to an end’: Thomas Tuchel releases an emotional statement after his sacking, insisting the club ‘will always have a special place in my heart’
- Thomas Tuchel has spoken for the first time since his departure from Chelsea
- The German was sacked just 100 days into the ownership of Todd Boehly
- His reign ended with a miserable 1-0 Champions League loss vs Dinamo Zagreb
- He was replaced by Brighton boss Graham Potter one day after his sacking
- Tuchel said that his statement was ‘one of the hardest’ he has ever had to make
Thomas Tuchel has broken his silence to reveal his devastation following his shock Chelsea sacking.
Tuchel was axed last Wednesday, just seven games into the season, after Chelsea’s new owners opted to change manager following the assessments they made during the first 100 days of their ownership.
‘This is one of the most difficult statements I have ever had to write – and it is one I hoped I would not need to do for many years. I am devastated that my time at Chelsea has come to an end,’ Tuchel said.
Thomas Tuchel has broken his silence following his sacking by Chelsea last Wednesday
Tuchel was sacked just 100 days into the reign of new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly (pictured)
‘This is a club where I felt at home, both professionally and personally. Thank you so much to all the staff, the players and the supporters for making me feel very welcome from the start.
‘The pride and joy I felt at helping the team to win the Champions League and the Club World Cup will stay with me forever.
‘I am honoured to have been a part of this club’s history and the memories of the last 19 months will always have a special place in my heart.’
The German manager, who guided Chelsea to the Champions League in 2021, was sacked by the club on Wednesday, following their 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb.
The American’s ruthless sacking of Tuchel came despite the German being a popular manager among Chelsea supporters after helping guide them to the Champions League trophy in his first season at the club.
Last year, the Blues finished third in the standings, though a long way off Manchester City and Liverpool – losing to the latter on penalties in the finals of both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.
Tuchel’s reign ended with a disappointing Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb
Chelsea have also had a tough start to the new league season with three wins in six games
Chelsea spent over £260million on new players over the summer, including the likes of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City and defenders Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana.
But after winning just 50 per cent of their Premier League games so far this season, followed by their opening game defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, Tuchel was sacked and replaced by impressive Brighton boss Graham Potter.
Sportsmail revealed that Tuchel is being paid £13million as a severance package, with a further £2m going to his backroom staff.
Tuchel, was an emotional figure in his technical area throughout his time at Stamford Bridge, often roaring demands at his players from the dug-out.
But it was a habit that his players got sick of. Sportsmail revealed that a number of Chelsea’s wide players did not like playing on Tuchel’s side of the pitch, along Stamford Bridge’s East Stand.
Tuchel was proud to have guided Chelsea to Champions League success in 2020-21 season
It is understood that Stamford Bridge chiefs made the decision to part ways with Tuchel prior to the loss in Croatia. Chelsea’s pre-season campaign was when cracks began to emerge and become apparent to a wider audience.
Tuchel, unhappily having to get more involved in transfers after losing the trusted network that included director Marina Granovskaia and technical and performance advisor Petr Cech that he so valued and missed, cut a noticeably frustrated figure while Chelsea were in America.
Boehly and fellow co-owner Behdad Eghbali were seen in attendance at the Stadion Maksimir to watch the defeat in Zagreb and wasted no time in sacking the German.
Tuchel leaves having guided Chelsea to UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup glory.