Thomas Tuchel spent about two months without a job after Paris Saint Germain sacked him last year. About two days after Chelsea sacked Frank Lampard, the German tactician was appointed as Lampard’s successor.
Since January 2021 when Thomas Tuchel began to execute his 18-month deal with Chelsea, the club has been growing from strength to strength. The first sign that good things were about to happen was when the former Borussia Dortmund coach pushed Chelsea from the 9th spot on the league table back into the top four in the 2020-2021 season.
Though he started experiencing some setbacks towards the end of the season, like losing in the final of the FA Cup against Leicester City, the sign that Tuchel is the answer to Chelsea’s desire for success was not in doubt.
On May 29, 2021, he had his chance to appear in the final of the UEFA Champions League for the second time in a row. Recall that Thomas Tuchel took PSG to the final of the competition in 2019-2020 season but lost it to Bayern Munich.
This time around, he was on the sidelines for Chelsea during the final and pushed them until they got a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Manchester City for the third time in 6 weeks.
After the UEFA Champions League triumph, the owner of Chelsea, Roman Abramovich was able to meet with the coach on the pitch for the first time since the German became the coach of Chelsea.
According to Thomas Tuchel, he had a brief chat with the Russian billionaire before they parted ways. He noted that he and the businessman could have the opportunity for more discussions in the future.
He also noted that the fact that he has led Chelsea to win the UEFA Champions League might not guarantee that his contract which will expire at the end of next season would be extended.
He said: “I’m not even 100 percent sure, but maybe I have already a new contract with that win. My manager said something about it. I did not know, but let’s check this first. I spoke to the owner (Roman Abramovich) right now on the pitch, which was the best moment for a first meeting!
“Or the worst as from now on, it can only get worse! We will speak tomorrow, we will speak later, but I’m looking forward to this.
“I can assure him that I will stay hungry, that I want the next title and I feel absolutely happy as a part of an ambitious club and a strong part of a really strong group that suits my beliefs and suits my passion for football at the moment perfectly. I desire to go for more victories and I desire to grow as a coach. I desire to push the group from the first day of the next season to the limit.
“We have work to do and we have to close the gap. This is what I am all about so it will be nice to meet him a bit closer. We’re in constant contact but not personal. He knows what’s going on from me directly but now it’s nice to meet him…
On the Champions League triumph, he said: “To share it with everybody is incredible. I don’t know what to feel. I was so grateful to arrive a second time [in the final]. I felt different. We were somehow… You could feel it getting closer.
“The [players] were determined to win this. We wanted to be a stone in their shoe. We encouraged everybody to step up and step out, to be braver and create dangerous counter-attacks.”
While the Chelsea player that scored the only goal in the Champions League final, Kai Havertz said: “I don’t know what to say. I really don’t know what to say. I waited a long time.
“Now I want to thank my family, my parents, my grandmother and my girlfriend. I don’t know what to say.
“I’ve waited 15 years for this moment and now it’s here.”