Thomas Tuchel remains in no doubt that Chelsea is the right club for him and looks forward to the challenge of proving himself again to a potential new owner.
Given the recent Government sanctions and uncertainty surrounding the club’s future ownership, there has been speculation in the media about what the situation might mean for Tuchel in the future.
However, our head coach believes the reasons he feels Stamford Bridge is a perfect fit for him are as valid as ever, while the mentality he needs, or whoever works at Chelsea, ensures he won’t shy away from the challenge, even if he can’t foresee the current predicament. .
So if you sign up for Chelsea, you sign up to win and you sign up to be competitive and this is what you have to deal with.
‘No one could have imagined that we would have to deal with the political state in Europe, no one knew that we would have a change of ownership as a consequence but for me, from the talks I had, just an instant feeling that this could happen. be a perfect fit and it’s very clear what Chelsea demands of you.’
He also believes the situation with the prospective new owners arriving will not be too different from when he signed his initial contract with the Blues in January last year, as it has always been part of the head coach’s job to build trust with those in charge and constantly justify positions. You’re in a club that aims to be at the top.
“It was an 18 month contract and for a few minutes I was like: ‘do they not trust me? new owners, with the last owner, this will never change.
for me it’s always been the same. You have to prove yourself and you have to earn the right to be where you are now, because it’s a special place.’
He also explained why the amount of investment a would-be new owner would need to take over a club like Chelsea made him believe that whoever came in would have the same ambition and desire to succeed.
“I’m sure, because I think if someone buys a club for this amount of money then it’s about challenging at the highest level, then about trophies, then about winning, then about being the best you can be. It’s not about developing a project, it’s not about being the best. about making money with the club. That’s what I hope for and that’s what I think.’
Despite his belief that the club found the right owner and his willingness to prove himself with them, this was no doubt a stressful time for Tuchel and all associated with Chelsea, but the German revealed that his home life is with his children and walking his dog. A country road near Cobham helped take his mind off things, having learned early in his career about the importance of being able to take a step back.
“I actually relax with my dog and kids. So there’s going to be a long walk next week, I can tell you, in the woods around here, which is beautiful. Just doing normal things, taking care of the kids, driving them to school and being around them is the best distraction I can have.
“I had to learn to turn off. I found it very difficult at first as a professional coach. I struggled with it a lot actually, couldn’t turn it off, thinking about it day and night. If you are passionate about something and if you have a passion for football and suddenly it becomes your profession, there is no 5pm you leave and you come home and tomorrow you finish it.
‘There are games, there are still your thoughts about the players and what to do, and sometimes it’s still like this, but I trained myself that it’s not good to stay in the thought process for too long because everyone needs to breathe and disconnect. to see more clearly.
‘So I have to learn it myself and I’m still training myself and I need discipline in it but my dogs and kids help as a natural source of inspiration and joy to calm down, but you have to train them too. yourself not to get completely lost in it.’