The point of view of Germany and France
Chelsea have officially sacked Frank Lampard as manager, with Thomas Tuchel set to step in and take over at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are in ninth position, 11 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United, and have won just four of their last 11 games in all competitions. The toothless defeat at Leicester is believed to have been the final straw for the honchos to lead Chelsea, the 3-1 FA Cup win over championship club Luton was not enough to save Lampard from the chop.
There are a few options there, with former Juventus and Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri previously linked, but Tuchel’s appointment as Chelsea’s next coach is seen as a matter of when, not if.
The 47-year-old has already had spells at Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain and won silverware with both clubs, but will he be a good fit at Chelsea?
We have the view of Ligue 1 and Bundesliga, thanks to 90 minutes very clean Alexis Amsellem and Oscar Nolte respectively. Take it away, guys …
Alexis: He never succeeded in establishing a clear and coherent tactic at PSG. He used so many different patterns – 4-3-3 with a nine, 4-3-3 with Neymar as a false nine, 3-5-2, 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1. In the end, you couldn’t define what the style of PSG was when he was manager.
He would switch between streaks, like using a 4-4-2 in the Champions League group stage before moving to a 4-3-3 in the quarter-finals. Changing and adapting his tactics to the opponent was in fact the only consistency.
That said, he helped PSG achieve important victories over Liverpool in 2018 and Dortmund, Atalanta and RB Leizpig in 2020.
Oscar: While at BVB, he loved having the ball. His midfielders were passing machines with high technical ball skills.
He is an acribic worker. He met Pep Guardiola at a restaurant in Munich and they talked about tactics for hours. They used pepper and salt sticks to show the systems and tactics. His duels with Pep in the Bundesliga were always at a high tactical level.
Alexis: Almost like no other coach before him, he gave chances to many young Parisians, such as Christopher Nkunku and Moussa Diaby, who are now doing well in the Bundesliga, and Tanguy Kouassi, who signed for Bayern Munich.
I’m sure he’ll act the same at Chelsea seeing the talent he leads there.
Oscar: In Mainz, Dortmund and PSG, he liked working with young people and gave them a lot of chances. Most German coaches are absolutely qualified to work with young guys and so is Tuchel.
He’s a great mentor and he will certainly give Chelsea’s youngsters a lot of chances. I imagine he wouldn’t have let Fikayo Tomori go if he had been responsible.
Alexis: At PSG, its relations with its leaders, first Antero Henrique then Leonardo, were very problematic. He disagreed on several cases and did not feel heeded on transfer decisions, but was given a group of players he requested such as Gueye, Diallo, Choupo-Moting and Kehrer.
Additionally, Leonardo said his team’s lack of “style” and consistency was problematic in the end.
Oscar: Tuchel is a man with big ambitions and a perfectionist, and he wants to be in charge. Compare that to Pep, who is also a “tough character” but a great trainer and man.
Tuchel followed in Jürgen Klopp’s footsteps in Dortmund and since leaving BVB the club have failed to play at the level they were previously at. The reason BVB sacked Tuchel is super complicated: after a terrorist attack on the bus, Tuchel refused to play against Monaco in the Champions League the next day.
But management said they would play – it was the Champions League quarter-final so there was a lot of money on the table and Tuchel raged over the board’s decision. The differences were so big that Dortmund sacked Tuchel and said he was too hard to work on. I think they made Tuchel really dirty.
Oscar: It’s bull ** t to use the ‘tough character’ angle to question his compatibility with Chelsea or any club.
Tuchel is not a puppet, he wants to be in charge. If this is the profile sought by the Chelsea board, Tuchel will be a perfect fit.