Thomas Tuchel ‘still upset’ over brutal Chelsea sacking and losing job he loved

Thomas Tuchel has revealed he is still "upset" after being brutally sacked by Chelsea earlier this season.

Blues owner Todd Boehly decided to relieve Tuchel of his duties in September following a shaky start to the season. The sacking came as a huge shock to the German head coach, who admitted he was in talks to extend his contract just weeks earlier.

And now Tuchel, who is currently without a club, has explained how he was left gutted at losing the job he loved.

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Tuchel told The Hindu: “Yes, I am upset. And I am sad because I think my job at Chelsea was not finished. I had a fantastic relationship with the players. We had a fantastic relationship with all the staff.

“We had overcome an incredibly demanding time in change of ownership and being sanctioned [by the UK government]. And before that we had COVID-19. So it was pretty demanding, but it was also very, very bonding.

“We did this together, and I was in for the long run. I was ready to go a long way because I felt happy, but the owners had a different idea, and you have to accept it.”

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He added: “I loved every day at Chelsea. It came to an end too early for me. But it was out of my hands. You have to accept it and make the best out of the situation.”

Tuchel won the Champions League just months into his appointment at the end of the 2020/21 season but things began to drift away from him when his side lost out in the FA Cup and EFL Cup finals the following campaign. A change in ownership in the summer also led to a different approach at the top which would prove key in his departure.

After spending a whopping £278.4million in the summer on 10 new players, Chelsea’s form at the start of this season left a lot to be desired. He was sacked following his 100th game in charge which ended in a gruelling 1-0 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb.

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