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Jorginho comes clean on Chelsea axing of Thomas Tuchel and shares belief former boss had that players disagreed on

Jorginho, Mason Mount, Thomas Tuchel during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League final, at the Estadio do Dragao, Portugal

Jorginho admits the sacking last week of Thomas Tuchel caught everyone at Chelsea by surprise – but insists he and the rest of his teammates are excited to see what Graham Potter can bring to the table.

The German boss was fired less than a day after a dismal Champions League defeat at Dinamo Zagreb last week. That was the latest in a run of bad results for the Blues away from home. Indeed, losses at Leeds and Southampton did not reflect well on Tuchel or his regime.

But behind the scenes there were seemingly a few disagreements with new owner Todd Boehly. To that end, it was the failure to sign one high-profile star that seemingly hastened his downfall.

However, the axe still came as a surprise to many. Chelsea had been trigger-happy with managers during the Roman Abramovich era. But the takeover from Boehly led some to theorise that their coaches would be granted more time. Indeed, the Blues certainly dominate this list of the top 10 most ruthless sackings.

Furthermore, with a Champions League success in the bag, Tuchel – it was believed – still had plenty of credit in the bank.

But less than 48 hours after his exit, Chelsea were finalising the appointment of Potter.

He is making a pretty hefty step up, though Jorginho is eager to see what he is all about.

“A lot has happened as everyone knows,” Jorginho said. “We are excited to work with [Graham Potter] and his staff.

“It’s been good the first few days. We had a great, great time with Thomas [Tuchel] and we appreciate everything he did for us and for the club.”

Jorginho disagrees with Tuchel feelings about Chelsea squad

Jorginho admits the decision to part with Tuchel shocked the Blues squad.

“It was a surprise for us,” he added. “There is always talking about what happened but now we have games coming and life is quick, so we don’t have much time to stay there thinking.

“We talk and then we need to concentrate on what we do.”

Tuchel felt Chelsea only lacked a little confidence in the few weeks that proceeded his sacking. And while he suggests that is something the squad did not necessarily think was true, he was asked if Potter needs to help them rebuild their confidence.

“It was Thomas Tuchel’s feeling [that there was a lack of confidence] at that moment and he said that to us as well.

“We tried what we could to do our best. Unfortunately, it wasn’t working anymore.”

Asked if he felt bad for Tuchel losing his job, Jorginho insists no player at Chelsea were happy to see him leave.

“Of course, we’re a team. So it’s not one person responsible for what happened. We are a team and a group on the pitch. Of course, it’s our responsibility what happened.”

Time for the next chapter of Chelsea under Graham Potter

All eyes will be on Potter when he makes his debut in the dug-out in Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Red Bull Salzburg.

He becomes the the 10th new manager at Chelsea in the last 10 years, though he does appear to have some guarantees he won’t become another quick-fire casualty.

It will be important that he gets off to a winning start; failure to do so will undoubtedly have immediate questions asked of him. And with Sunday’s game against Liverpool being postponed, Potter will not want to dwell too long on a bad result. A winning start, though, will ensure that doesn’t happen and the Blues should have too much class for the Austrian champions.

He’ll also need a response from his big players too. As a senior member of the side, Jorginho certainly falls into that category and he insists he’s excited to work with his new boss.

“He’s a humble coach but with a good way to work,” Jorginho added.

“I think he has this challenge and I believe he is going to do very well because he has good ideas and a group of players ready to try to do the best we can and listen to what he wants. I think it’s a good combination for good results.”

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