What Thomas Tuchel told his new players in first Chelsea team meeting

Thomas Tuchel held a first meeting with his new Chelsea players at their Cobham training base on Tuesday after replacing Frank Lampard as manager.

Tuchel, the former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss, has arrived with his side lying in ninth in the Premier League table after a poor run of recent form.

The German manager made clear in his first public statement as head coach that he feels Lampard has laid a solid foundation for him to build upon and Chelsea’s hierarchy are keen for him to keep youth a major focus in his time as manager.

However, Tuchel was also keen to reiterate that everyone starts with a clean slate.

He told his new players that each and every one of them will have the opportunity to prove to him that they have what it takes to be in the starting XI, according to The Mirror.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich enjoyed how young players were being developed by Lampard and he has told Tuchel he expects that to continue.

There were fears among Chelsea fans that the likes of Reece James, Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour would be discarded after the arrival of a new manager, but that is not expected to be the case.

However, the most important thing is for him to shift them up the table quickly.

Those in positions of power at Stamford Bridge hope that Tuchel’s German roots can help bring the best out of expensive summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

Both have found themselves on the bench in recent weeks and appear to be lacking confidence.

It’s also thought that one man who will get a reprieve is Antonio Rudiger.

Tuchel was looking to sign him for PSG before being sacked and the Germany international looks set to establish himself as a key part of this new-look Chelsea side.

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