Thomas Tuchel was left “devastated” by his Chelsea dismissal, as he thanked the club’s players and fans for their support in a heartfelt social media post on Sunday.
Chelsea sacked Tuchel in the aftermath of a 1-0 Champions League defeat at Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday, announcing Brighton and Hove Albion’s Graham Potter as his successor the following day.
Tuchel led Chelsea to Champions League glory just four months after his January 2021 appointment. He then added the Super Cup and Club World Cup trophies last season, as well as overseeing penalty shoot-out defeats to Liverpool in both of the EFL and FA Cup last season
Despite outspending every other Premier League club in the recent transfer window, however, Chelsea took just 10 points from their opening six games of the new Premier League season, prompting the club’s new owners – led by Todd Boehly – to make a change.
Tuchel has now expressed his regret at lasting less than two years in the Stamford Bridge dugout, writing on Twitter: “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.
“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.
“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.”
Tuchel oversaw 100 games as Chelsea boss in all competitions, winning 60. In the Premier League, meanwhile, only Antonio Conte (68.8) Jose Mourinho (66) and Carlo Ancelotti (63.2) have bettered Tuchel’s win rate of 55.6 per cent when leading the Blues for a minimum of 50 matches.
In 589 days in charge of Chelsea, Tuchel led the club to four major finals (2x FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League) – no coach has taken charge of the Blues in more finals, with Mourinho also leading them to four.
Chelsea also kept 49 clean sheets in Tuchel’s 100 matches at the helm, the highest tally among Premier League clubs during that time (in all competitions).
For all his early successes, however, Tuchel oversaw a noticeable decline in the second half of his tenure.
In all competitions, Tuchel’s first 50 games yielded 32 victories, 11 draws and seven defeats, with just 24 goals conceded. In the subsequent 50, Chelsea managed fewer wins (28) and over double the amount of goals conceded (53).
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