After losing to Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 last night in the Champions League, Chelsea fired manager Thomas Tuchel.
After a disappointing start to the season at Stamford Bridge, the club’s new owners have decided to make a change at the top.
The 49-year-old Tuchel took over for Frank Lampard in January 2021 and led the Blues to Champions League success before winning the European Super Cup and Club World Cup the following season.
However, his tenure as manager was cut short due to the Londoners’ lackluster start to the season, which left them with 10 points after six Premier League games.
According to a formal statement, “Chelsea would like to publicly express its appreciation to Thomas and his staff for all of their efforts during their time with the club on behalf of everyone at Chelsea.
“After won the Champions League, Super Cup, and Club World Cup during his time at Chelsea, Thomas will deservedly have a place in Chelsea’s history.
“The new ownership group believes the time is opportune to make this transition as it has been 100 days since taking over the club and as it continues to work hard to move the team forward.
As the club moves quickly to recruit a new head coach, “Chelsea’s coaching staff will take responsibility of the team for training and the preparation of our future matches.”
This summer, more than £200 million was spent on players including Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella, and Wesley Fofana under Tuchel’s direction in the transfer market.
However, Chelsea lost at Leeds and Southampton while just edging out 10-man Leicester and West Ham at home in recent weeks due to performances that fell short of expectations.
Following the setback in Croatia, the pressure was evidently mounting on the German last night.
He said: “It’s an underperformance from us. We have the same story as always.
“We get off to a decent start, we don’t capitalize on our opportunities, and we don’t care when the game is over after the first 15 to 20 minutes.
“Then we concede one counter-attack, which is far too easy, and from there we struggled.”
When questioned about the number of players at the peak of their game, Tuchel added: “Not a lot right now.
“I have no idea how this performance came to be. It’s a lack of zeal, fervor, and tenacity to triumph in battles and carry out tasks at the highest level.