Thomad Tuchel has revealed Frank Lampard sent a personal message to wish him the best at Chelsea following his appointment as Head Coach on Tuesday. The Blues legend was sacked on Monday after a run of poor results saw Chelsea lose five of their last eight league matches.
On Chelsea’s managerial policy
Tuchel started his Chelsea reign with a goalless draw against Wolves on Wednesday, but insisted he was happy with his team’s performance. On asked about whether he is concerned by the club’s culture of sacking managers, Tuchel said “Yes and No“.
The German added “I am absolutely grateful that I can work on this level. If you sign up for Chelsea you sign up for the hunger of titles. You sign up for being competitive in every competition that you play. I am aware of that.”
“It does not scare me. We have big ambition, and I myself have the biggest ambitions. I am excited about the structure of the club. I am absolutely aware at some point everybody expects results, but I expect that of myself.”
“It was an opportunity with one of the biggest clubs in the world in the most competitive league in the world. We felt like we should absolutely not miss the chance to join the Chelsea family. It was a pretty easy choice.”
On fans backlash
Tuchel hopes there is no backlash from fans after the sacking of their legendary midfielder, and admitted the former Blues manager wished him the best at Chelsea. The German added “I hope there is not because that would be hard on the team. The fans are so close and behind the team, it makes a big difference.”
“I know it was a big disappointment for the fanbase that Frank was sacked. I was a huge fan of Frank as a player. I have the biggest respect for him personally and for his legacy. My respect got bigger when I received a message today, a personal message, to wish me all the best and maybe to meet in the future when possible.”
“The club made clear to me this is not my fault, I cannot change the situation for him. The decision was made and I was handed the opportunity.”