Thomas Tuchel has been sacked as Chelsea manager after a poor start to the season, the club announced on Wednesday.
Chelsea kicked off their Champions League campaign with a shock 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.
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Tuchel was named Frank Lampard’s successor in January 2021 and guided Chelsea to their second Champions League crown in May of that year.
However, Chelsea are sixth in the Premier League after six matches and sources have told ESPN that the relationship between Tuchel and co-owner Todd Boehly became strained over the summer due to disagreements over the club’s transfer policy. .
Nonetheless, Wednesday morning’s announcement came as a surprise given that Chelsea had spent more than £250million on nine players, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a 33-year-old striker with whom Tuchel previously had a close working relationship. at Borussia. Dortmund.
A statement from the club read: “On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the club would like to express their gratitude to Thomas and his staff for all their hard work during their time at the club. Thomas will rightly have a place in the Chelsea history after winning the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup in his time here.
“As the new ownership group reaches 100 days since taking over the club and continue their hard work to take the club forward, the new owners believe now is the right time to make this transition.
“Chelsea’s coaching staff will support the squad in training and preparing for our upcoming games as the club moves quickly to appoint a new head coach.”
Tuchel criticized his team after their defeat in Europe on Tuesday.
“I didn’t see it coming, obviously I was in the wrong movie,” Tuchel told reporters. “I thought the last game helped us. I thought the team was prepared, I thought we knew what it was about.
“I don’t really know where this performance came from today. A lack of determination, a lack of hunger and a lack of intensity to actually do the things we need to do at the highest level. We are clearly not where we want to be.
“I’m angry with our performance. It’s not precise enough, it’s not clinical enough, it’s not aggressive enough with the ball, it’s not determined enough. It’s not enough good individually, it’s not good enough as a team.”