Chelsea have unveiled Thomas Tuchel as their new manager after Frank Lampard’s sacking on Monday morning.
Former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-German boss Tuchel arrives in west London with the Blues ninth in the Premier League following a run of five losses in eight games.
A statement on the Chelsea website read: “Thomas Tuchel has been appointed as the new Chelsea Head Coach.
“He moves to Stamford Bridge following a two-and-a-half year spell at French champions Paris Saint-Germain, which came to an end last month.
“He will be the first German to manage Chelsea and arrives having guided PSG to four major honours and the Champions League final during his time in the French capital.
“Prior to that, he spent seven seasons coaching in the Bundesliga, first with Mainz, where he led them to the Europa League, and then a successful period with Borussia Dortmund where he won the German Cup.
“At Chelsea, he will be reunited with Christian Pulisic and Thiago Silva who he coached during his spells in Dortmund and Paris respectively.”
Tuchel was dismissed by PSG on Christmas Eve last year despite leading them to a domestic treble last season, as well as the Champions League final, where they were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich.
It is hoped the German manager may be able to get the best out of his compatriots Timo Werner and Kai Havertz at Chelsea, both of whom struggled under Lampard after big-money moves in the summer.
The 47-year-old left PSG with the highest win percentage in Ligue 1 history (75.6%), while his time in the French capital was also characterised by a number of high-profile bust-ups with players, including Kylian Mbappe.
His fiery temper also led to an uneasy relationship with Dortmund executives such as CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and chief scout Sven Mislintat.
Tuchel’s public outbursts over what he saw as recruitment failures carried over into his PSG tenure, and he aimed numerous thinly-veiled digs at the club’s sporting director Leonardo.
The Bavaria native joins Chelsea to find them competing on three fronts: the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.
The Blues qualified top of their Champions League group and will face Atletico Madrid over two legs in the last 16.
They also booked their place in the FA Cup fifth round with a 3-1 win over Luton Town on Sunday, in what proved to be Lampard’s final game in charge.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have won just eight of their 19 Premier League games this season and Tuchel has a challenge on his hands to close the five-point gap on the top four.
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