Joe Cole puts up Thomas Tuchel with Special One.
Chelsea’s uber-ground boss couldn’t be more different than the charismatic Jose Mourinho – who laid out the roadmap for success at London’s showbiz club Naughty.
Tuchel is a year in charge today and while he is taking a very different path, the German is destined to follow the Portuguese by winning major trophies.
They have taken the day off and are at home on their first anniversary, but there is no doubt that the day-to-day routine at Stamford Bridge continues. He can’t help it.
Meanwhile, their players are all over the world, some playing World Cup qualifiers, others enjoying five-star downtime in overseas locations with football.
Former midfielder Cole’s career took a turn when the dynamic duo of Mourinho and owner Roman Abramovich brought instant success to Chelsea and left.
It is the same with 48-year-old Tuchel, who won the Champions League trophy just four months after working in the most pressure-cooker environment of the English game.
Cole, 40, said: “He has had the biggest impact of anyone who has managed Chelsea, except for Mourinho’s first spell. Everyone at the training ground loves and respects him.
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“He’s a breath of fresh air. Winning the Champions League is an incredible achievement, but it’s also about the way he comes.
“Chelsea is a very successful club but it can be turbulent. A lot of managers can succumb to that pressure – experienced too.
He said, ‘But the way the players responded to him is fantastic. You could not have imagined a better charge of the first year. Thomas is a very smart person who quickly recognized quality players.
“But he also recognized the soul and style of the club; He understands the history of the club. He receives it. ,
Tuchel’s most recent day at work was the exact opposite of his first.
Sunday brought an energetic 2-0 victory over Tottenham with his team at their highest level for months.
When he flew in to replace the sacked Frank Lampard this time last year, the team was ninth and confidence wavered like a punctured ball.
A heated altercation with fan favorite and poster-boy midfielder Mason Mount was the extraordinary incident of the first 24 hours.
Tuchel, like a rabbit in the headlights, pulled Mount, Reece James and Tammy Abraham aside to share their thoughts.
The trio was being dropped for home games with the Wolves the next day as Tuchel wanted an experienced head to avoid any slip-ups on his opening night.
James and Abraham sucked at it.
Mount persevered, then told the new boss, who had guided Paris Saint-Germain to the Champions League final, exactly as he thought of that decision, having been Chelsea’s captain in the previous game – an FA Cup win.
Tuchel blinked at his guns and left. Shaking, Mount feared he might never play for the club again.
He came off the bench in that goalless draw against Wolves and is now considered a mainstay of the new Chelsea Tuchel.
Tuchel was quick to teach Callum Hudson-Odoi a lesson because, less than a month into his reign, he knocked him out half an hour after sending him off as a deputy against Southampton.
The German claimed that the player’s attitude was not good. But a year later, the 21-year-old winger is now an integral part of his team.
It’s about communication with Tuchel and he couldn’t have asked for a more clear message.
6 ft 4 in, the one-time barman has been on the low end of life so appreciates its high points. Working in a pub also taught him how to deal with highly animated people.
Chelsea had reservations about that.
His poor relations with the management of both Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund put the board in jeopardy and he was appointed with some trepidation after strained relations with the club’s former manager Antonio Conte.
Tuchel uses words as weapons, but to avoid battle. According to club insiders, there is no secret anymore.
The previous bosses would put Chelsea’s biggest stars on the backburner and offer no explanation, causing outrage.
There is no off-the-record dialogue with Tuchel. He endured the tradition of singing a song for the squad with his staff, as a welcome initiation, and never took any questions.
Chelsea fans are yet to be convinced about his skills in the transfer market.
Romelu Lukaku’s public apology for giving eight goals and a TV interview in which he claimed to be unhappy is not value for money.
Defender Malang Sarr is slowly making his way in. On-loan midfielder Saul Nigge is hardly considered a good signing yet.
Tuchel speaks his mind like Mourinho and will undoubtedly clash with rival coaches and people at Chelsea’s top.
Special One won five major trophies in their first blues spell.
Tuchel has a way to go, but with Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final next month and still in the FA Cup and Champions League, it’s not outrageous to suggest he will stay on top.
Cole, who won ten major honors at Stamford Bridge, said: “When I went to Cobham to interview some of the players, he came in for a chat and is an influential person.
“As a former player, sometimes you can go to a club and it can be uncomfortable with some managers.
“He was very welcoming. It says a lot to his emotional intelligence. Everyone I talk to at the club feels embraced by him. It takes a character who can do that.” Is. “
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