The German returned to the circumstances of his departure from PSG at the end of December. He says he felt the wind turn very late.
Now Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel reviewed the last few hours at the head of Paris Saint-Germain and his surprising and rather unexpected dismissal. At the end of his contract in the summer of 2020, the 47-year-old German was finally fired six months earlier. The leaders of the club in the capital have decided to make him leave the ship on Christmas eve following a 4-0 victory against Strasbourg in Ligue 1.
Tuchel: “My ousting from PSG? It was not pleasant”
This decision was “very surprising“for Thomas Tuchel, as he pointed out in an interview with Sky Sports Germany: “On the evening of the 22nd, I felt it for the first time during a conversation with the sporting director. I felt that it could be a possibility, but it didn’t seem real. I had a new conversation. December 23 before the game. Then we won 4-0 and then we had a conversation that only lasted two minutes. “
The conversation took place with sporting director Leonardo, who has always had a difficult relationship with Tuchel. “So I got up, I said he had to fix it and I left “, remembers the Chelsea coach. “We emptied our office and went home all night to celebrate Christmas.“The exit was formalized a little less than a week later. Mauricio Pochettino took over from Tuchel in Paris.
Thomas Tuchel: from PSG to Chelsea
About a month later, on January 26, Thomas Tuchel signed a contract with Chelsea as the successor to sacked Frank Lampard. The fact that he continued his coaching career so quickly surprised him: “It was not the intention to embark on the next adventure “. The German technician went unbeaten with Chelsea in their first 14 games before losing 5-2 to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.
Tuchel opens up about first Chelsea loss
“The structure here suits me perfectly. We have support at all levels which is very extraordinary and leaves me almost speechless”, praised Tuchel. At talkSport’s microphone earlier this year, Thomas Tuchel had already returned in substance to his departure from Paris Saint-Germain confident that he had had a difficult Christmas: “At the level of my work, I had a shitty Christmas, and suddenly, I have the impression to find the best present under the Christmas tree”.
“It’s a dream to be in the competition with the best teams and the best coaches, that’s what you dream of and when it comes true it’s an amazing feeling“, indicated the former coach of PSG. On Wednesday, Thomas Tuchel and his players will travel to FC Porto for the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League.