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‘Devastated’ Thomas Tuchel comes clean on shock of Chelsea sack, revealing biggest hope was ruined

Former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he feels “devastated” to have got the sack by Chelsea, revealing he hoped to be in the job for “many years”.

The German made an instant impact at Stamford Bridge, leading the Blues to Champions League glory in his first half-season. Last term, two cup final appearances and a third-placed Premier League finish showed signs of progress further down the line.

But over the summer, new ownership came in at Chelsea in the shape of Todd Boehly and his consortium.

And they are not standing for any let up in standards, sacking Tuchel after seven games of the campaign.

Tuchel wrote on social media: “This is one of the most difficult statements I have ever had to write – and it is one which I hoped I would not need to do for many years.

“I am devastated that my time at Chelsea has come to an end.

“This is a club where I felt at home, both professionally and personally. Thank you so much to all the staff, the players and the supporters for making me feel very welcome from the start.”

Tuchel added: “The pride and joy I felt at helping the team to win the Champions League and the Club World Cup will stay with me forever.

“I am honoured to have been a part of this club’s history and the memories of the last 19 months will always have a special place in my heart.”

Tuchel paid the price at Chelsea

Tuchel won three of his first seven Chelsea games this season, losing three more and drawing another.

But it was the 1-0 Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb which proved the final straw for his tenure.

The Blues got their European campaign off to the worst possible start – and Boehly decided enough was enough.

Indeed, reports in the wake of Tuchel’s departure revealed tension between the pair dating back to pre-season earlier this summer.

There were reportedly clashes over transfer policy – including over a move for Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Graham Potter in at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have subsequently turned to Graham Potter to take over in the dugout, with the 47-year-old leaving Brighton.

Potter’s stock has risen significantly since he joined the Seagulls after spells with Swansea and Ostersunds in Sweden.

He is widely regarded as one of England’s brightest managers and he has now got the chance to prove his worth as a rising manager talent.

Although, Chelsea’s new owners have shown their ruthless streak and so Potter will know what he is in for.

As for Tuchel, he has not yet decided on his next move. The former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss has been linked with a move back to Germany.

There is no doubt he will be looking to get straight back into top-level management. His statement suggests he did not feel he got a fair crack of the whip at Chelsea.

So, he will be itching to prove Boehly and his partners wrong with his next job – wherever that may be.