Removed from his post by PSG on Christmas Eve, Thomas Tuchel managed to reach the Champions League final with Chelsea four months later. The German becomes the first coach to qualify twice in a row for the final, with two different clubs.
It’s a great revenge for Thomas Tuchel. On December 24, the German coach was dismissed by Paris Saint-Germain, after he had just taken the club to the Champions League final for the first time in its history. “I had a shitty Christmas,” he later commented on English radio. And four months after this dismissal, the one who took the reins of Chelsea will play a second final in a row. This time it will be against Manchester City, on May 29 in Istanbul.
Thanks to this qualification obtained Wednesday night against Real Madrid, Thomas Tuchel enters the history of the competition. He becomes the first coach to reach the Champions League final twice in a row, but with two different clubs. A performance all the more astonishing as he achieved it with Thiago Silva, also at PSG last season.
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“It’s a gift”
Since his signing at the end of January at Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel’s statistics have been astounding. His record against the great European coaches illustrates it: Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp, Diego Simeone, José Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti all bowed to him in the space of four months.
“It’s a gift to work in football, reacted Thomas Tuchel at the microphone of RMC Sport after the qualification obtained at Stamford Bridge. It’s a gift to have guys who push, who trust me and who me give the opportunity to be a coach, whether in Paris or Chelsea. We need a very strong team and a very strong club like here to get to the final. That’s my feeling “.
“I found a very strong club, totally focused on winning. The mentality is very strong in the training center. There is a lot of support for me. And the Premier League is extraordinary. It does not give the possibility of recovering. We always have to be at 100%, and that has something to do with the mentality of the club and the players. It’s incredible and it’s a pleasure to be a coach here “, a- he also declared.