Chelsea have sacked manager Thomas Tuchel after a poor start to the 2022/23 season culminated in Tuesday’s paltry defeat in the Champions League group stage opener at Dinamo Zagreb, but the announcement of the sacking came as a shock nonetheless.
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The Blues have lost three of their last five games – a stunning run that includes Premier League upsets against Leeds United and Southampton.
The 1-0 defeat by Dinamo in Croatia was Tuchel’s 100th game as Chelsea manager since his appointment as head coach in January 2021.
Just 123 days later, the German conquered the Champions League, followed shortly afterwards by the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. However, he didn’t have everything his way in the final, losing to Leicester City and Liverpool in back-to-back FA Cup shows and also losing to Jurgen Klopp’s side in the Carabao Cup.
He is now leaving Chelsea less than a week after the club’s new owners broke the Premier League record for spending in a single transfer window by paying over £270m for Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Kalidou Koulibaly and Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang splashed.
Thomas Tuchel has left Chelsea just SIX days after they broke the Premier League transfer spend record in a window 🤯 pic.twitter.com/o7ZUNO9FMM
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 7, 2022
Tuchel won 60 of the games he officiated at Chelsea, drawing 24 times and losing 16 times. His overall win rate of 60% holding up pretty well against the Blues’ three previous managersalthough of course he is the only one among them to have won the biggest prize during his time in West London.
Win % of last four Chelsea managers:
◎Antonio Conte: 65%
◎ Maurizio Sarri: 62%
◎Frank Lampard: 52%
◉ Thomas Tuchel: 60%
— Squawka (@Squawka) September 7, 2022
One particularly ominous stat, however, reveals the collapse of his team’s defensive resolve in the second half of his tenure, with Chelsea conceding just 24 goals in the German’s first 50 games as manager, only to double that (53) in the second half of his term to achieve latter half.
49% -Thomas #Tuchel Headed Chelsea for 100 games in all competitions, keeping 49 clean sheets – no other team in Europe’s big five leagues had as high a shut-out rate (49%) or conceded as few goals on average ( 0.8 per game) including the period. Quit. pic.twitter.com/zQjLp0ul59
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 7, 2022
His release at this point should perhaps not come as too much of a shock given that Tuchel has not stayed with any major club for more than two years – Just ask Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain where his tenures ended before he was about to complete a third season.
Thomas Tu Seasons Amirite?
— Emily✨ (@_emilyoram) September 7, 2022
Obviously, it will be Tuchel’s finest moment at Chelsea, guiding the club to Champions League glory in 2020/21 by beating Premier League rivals Manchester City in the final and lifting the trophy for the first time since 2011/12.
More minor European titles followed, as well as a couple of domestic finals in the following season, but respective fourth and third league places under the German tactician will no doubt be viewed as relatively disappointing.
Thomas Tuchel leaves Chelsea with a legacy 👏
🏆 Super Cup
🏆 Club World Cup pic.twitter.com/mMUqFqH8Ue
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) September 7, 2022
Social media reaction to Tuchel’s departure earlier in the season was mixed, with some fans questioning the point of letting the transfer window come and go before hiring a new head coach begins.
There were even ironic whispers that new co-owner Todd Boehly – who had appointed himself director of football at the club for the summer transfer window – might already have the perfect candidate lined up.
Big call from Todd Boehly to sack Thomas Tuchel. But what a chance for Tuchel’s successor, Todd Boehly.
— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) September 7, 2022
Some imaginary scenes from the post-Dinamo debrief between Tuchel and Boehly on Wednesday morning much like his ongoing touchline fight with Conte in last month’s 2-2 draw with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) September 7, 2022
For better or for worse, this clash with Conte will go down in history as one of the most memorable images of his time at Chelsea maybe that was the moment when everything went wrong.
HE WAS NEVER THE SAME pic.twitter.com/kjS6WycEs1
— No ties ✍️ (Sian & Alex) (@CheapPanini) September 7, 2022
There was also a smile about the brevity of the former Dortmund coach’s reunion with Aubameyang, which lasted a full 59 minutes on Tuesday evening.
Tuchel and Aubameyang were reunited for just 59 minutes of football 😬 pic.twitter.com/thRqggMNlN
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) September 7, 2022
Well, they will always have Zagreb.
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