Thomas Tuchel, coach of Champions League winners Chelsea, has revealed that he has warned the Blues club bosses not to sign him. Opposite to Sky Sports he also took his predecessor Frank Lampard under protection.
“Are you sure you want to do that?” Tuchel asked those responsible when he was contacted about the coaching office. He attributed this to the legendary status that Lampard enjoys at the Stamford Brigde: “Because the [Fans] won’t like you guys. Maybe he deserves more time. “
In any case, the Englishman was more successful than the first impression shows, according to the 47-year-old: “He had a good group stage, good results and good performances. And sometimes he was just unlucky, the data showed us that.”
But at this point in time Lampard’s dismissal had already been decided, emphasized Tuchel: “It was very clear that the decision had more or less already been made, and it was said: do it or leave it.” He then hoped for “a fair chance” from the players.
He apparently received this in the following, as the club’s recent successes prove. Immediately after the German took office, Chelsea put on a winning streak and even won the Champions League at the end of the season.