Former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel broke his long-held silence after Chelsea confirmed his dismissal from his job on Wednesday, 7 September 2022. Todd Boehly sacked the former Paris Saint Germain and Borussia Dortmund manager after a shock Champions League defeat to Croatian giants, Dinamo Zagreb.
In a shocking statement made available by the club via its website, Chelsea confirmed the sack of Thomas Tuchel, to the dismay of fans and pundits alike.
Despite making the major football headlines, Thomas Tuchel remained silent over the development, although that did not change the fact that his era at Stamford has been officially cut short.
After Chelsea confirmed his sack, the 47-year-old German tactician continued to share messages on his social media handles but did not address his sudden dismissal and departure from the Premier League club.
After a long-held silence over the sack, Thomas Tuchel finally broke his silence in an in-depth and emotionally packed statement he shared on Twitter on Sunday, September 11, 2022.
In a noticeably sober and emotional tone, Tuchel expressed his shock and devastation with the sack but was happy to be a part of the club’s history.
He detailed the warmth and love he received from both players and staff at the club which he said made him ‘feel at home both professionally and personally.’
“This is one of the most difficult statements I have ever had to write – and it is one which I hoped I would not need to do for many years”, Thomas Tuchel wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
“I am devastated that my time at Chelsea has come to an end. This is a club where I felt at home, both professionally and personally.”
“Thank you so much to all the staff, the players and the supporters for making me feel very welcome from the start,” Tuchel added.
“The pride and joy I felt at helping the team to win the Champions League and the Club World Cup will stay with me forever. I am honoured to have been a part of this club’s history and the memories of the last 19 months will always have a special place in my heart.”
Thomas Tuchel was sacked after Chelsea suffered a shock Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in their opening Champions League campaign in Croatia.
A few months into his job as Chelsea manager, he guided the club to their second Champions League trophy, humbling domestic rivals Manchester City in the final.
Tuchel guided the team to the third position on the 2021/22 Premier League table, although the Blues finished far below second-placed Liverpool and league winners Manchester City.
He also led the team to the FA Cup and EFL Cup finals losing on penalties.
Unfortunately, the start of the 2022/23 football season was not the best for the German manager. He won 50% of his games but conceded in all his last six matches in charge of the club. Chelsea kept their only clean sheet this season in their opening Premier League game against Everton.
Todd Boehly has invested a whooping £260m into the team this summer, bringing in the likes of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, Wesley Fofana from Leicester City, Kalidou Coulibaly from Napoli, and Marc Cucurella from Brighton.
The dismissal was a shock to the German-born tactician as he was not given enough time to work with the new players before he was forced to leave the club.
Former Brighton manager Graham Potter has taken over as the new Chelsea manager after signing a five-year contract.