Who is Thomas Tuchel? Chelsea manager’s new record at PSG and Dortmund

German coach set to join Premier League giants in sensational move after Frank Lampard sacked

Thomas tuchel is ready to replace Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager after Roman Abramovich made the “difficult decision” to dismiss the Blues legend following a disappointing run.

The German head coach will be the 13th different boss at Stamford Bridge since the Russian billionaire took over the Premier League club in 2003 and only time will tell if he is an unlucky or a lucky number.

He will join Chelsea after a short spell of unemployment, having been dismissed from his job at Paris Saint-Germain just ahead of the new year.

So who is the man who takes the reins of Lampard in West London and what is his managerial record? Goal gives you everything you need to know.

Who is Thomas Tuchel?

Tuchel is a German soccer coach, who was the head coach of Borussia Dortmund and PSG, among other clubs.

Born August 29, 1973, Tuchel is a former footballer who lists Augsburg, Stuttgarter Kickers and SSV Ulm as the clubs with which he has plied his trade, but his playing career has been relatively short-lived.

Forced to retire at the age of 25 due to chronic knee problems, the ex-defender soon became a coach and worked with Stuttgart’s youth teams before taking charge of the second team at Augsburg.

His first big break as a coach came in 2009 when he replaced Jurgen Klopp as Mainz manager in the Bundesliga and six years later he replaced Klopp again when he was named Dortmund boss. in 2015.

Tuchel’s work with Dortmund has earned him great recognition across Europe as one of the brightest minds in coaching and he was hired as PSG head coach in 2018, spending two years and a half at the bar.

What was Thomas Tuchel’s record at PSG?

P W re L GF Georgia To win%
127 95 13 19 337 103 74.8%

Tuchel spent two and a half years loaded with trophies at PSG and his record with the Ligue 1 team is impressive.

He has managed the club from the French capital for 127 matches, winning 95 and losing just 19 in total, meaning he has posted a 74.8% winning percentage since his time there.

With players such as Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe at his disposal, Tuchel has ensured that PSG are a free goalscorer team, with 337 goals scored during his tenure.

In all, Tuchel has won six trophies at PSG, including two Ligue 1 titles, the Coupe de France, the Coupe de la Ligue and two Trophees des Champions.

On top of that, he brought the club closer to Champions League glory, guiding them to the competition’s final in 2019-2020, where they ultimately lost to Bayern Munich.

When Tuchel was sacked as PSG manager in December 2020, his team trailed Lyon and Lille in the league by just one point.

Ahead of his dismissal, he expressed frustration at what he saw as “extreme expectations” at the club and a lack of appreciation for his achievements.

“We were one game away from winning the Champions League,” he said SPORT1 in December.

“We never had the feeling that we had convinced people and that they recognized our success. This sometimes makes you a little sad and angry.

“There are definitely extreme expectations here. You have the feeling that the appreciation of what we do, especially in the league, is not there like it is at Bayern Munich, for example.

“They always say, ‘They have [Angel] Di Maria, [Kylian] Mbappe, Neymar. Of course, they win against Bordeaux – that’s no feat.

“And with that, there is no appreciation for our discipline, our sustained play, the intensity of our play.

“It’s a shame for the players because very serious team performances can be completely wiped out.”

What was Thomas Tuchel’s record at Borussia Dortmund?

P W re L GF Georgia To win%
107 67 23 17 251 115 62.6%

Tuchel spent the same time as Borussia Dortmund’s head coach and while he couldn’t thwart Bayern Munich’s dominance in the Bundesliga, his record was still commendable.

He led Dortmund to victory in 67 out of 107 games, suffering loss on 17 occasions, posting an overall win percentage of 62.6%.

During his two seasons at Signal Iduna Park, Tuchel won only one trophy – DFB Pokal in 2017, beating Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 in the final.

He finished second in the Bundesliga in his debut season, which was a solid achievement considering he had to wake up a side that had finished seventh the previous season and were in shock at Jurgen Klopp’s departure. He also suffered from penalties in this season’s DFB Pokal final against Bayern Munich.

Performance certainly dipped somewhat in the following campaign and Dortmund could only manage a third place in Tuchel’s second term as head coach, with RB Leipzig finishing three points ahead of them in second.

He never really cracked Europe with Dortmund, but reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League and the Champions League.

In Dortmund, Tuchel made the most of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who became one of Europe’s best strikers in his custody, while also bringing in players such as Christian Pulisic and Ousmane Dembele.

What is Thomas Tuchel’s overall managerial record?

club P W re L To win%
Mainz 183 72 46 65 39.3%
Borussia Dortmund 107 67 23 17 62.6%
PSG 127 95 13 19 74.8%

What is Thomas Tuchel’s coaching philosophy?

Tuchel is often compared to legendary German coach Jurgen Klopp due to the fact that he has been hired to replace him directly on two separate occasions.

However, while there are indeed similarities, his footballing philosophy and personality is very much his.

Tactically, Tuchel used the kind of gegenpressing approach that has become synonymous with Klopp’s “Heavy Metal Football”, but he’s arguably much more pragmatic.

In addition to using the 4-3-3 at Dortmund and PSG, Tuchel also deployed the 3-5-2 (or 5-3-2, depending on the defensive mentality) formation, with wide play forward completed by a full flight. -backs.

Men’s scoring is a trait of Tuchel’s teams, with very energetic midfielders put to work in order to quickly shut down opponents, allowing forwards more freedom to move into the final third.

Like Klopp, Tuchel comes across as a loving coach, regularly greeting his players with warm kisses and hugs after games. Interestingly, however, he also has a reputation – right or wrong – for being cold and cerebral.

He is arguably much more academic and methodical in his preparations and has been given the nickname “The Professor” for his thoroughness.

Indeed, Tuchel is stubborn and does not hesitate to express his point of view on a range of issues, including his relationships with those who hold the purse strings.