According to former Stamford Bridge favorite Gus Poyet, Thomas Tuchel being a German coach was a central factor in him being quickly chosen as Frank Lampard’s replacement at Chelsea.
On Wednesday, a day after being named as Lampard’s successor, former Paris Saint-Germain, and Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel will take charge of the Blues for the first time against Wolves.
Since joining Chelsea during the close season, the struggles of big-money signings Kai Havertz and Timo Werner have been cited as an incentive for the club’s management to move to appoint their compatriot Tuchel.
However, given the popularity of a high-pressing style made popular in recent seasons by the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Ralph Hassenhuttl, and Hansi Flick, Poyet believes a broader trend is at stake.
“I think, with all respect to Tuchel, it plays a very, very important role that he is German,” Poyet told Stats Perform News.
It wouldn’t matter if he wasn’t German because he was coming out of Paris Saint-Germain. I think there was a major impact from the German side.
We need to wait to see you [now]. There’s a fascinating partnership with [Chelsea’s former PSG captain] Thiago Silva. They know each other from the past, and we’ll see the rest.
Poyet warned that it may take time to successfully introduce the style that Klopp and Hassenhuttl have become associated with within clubs.
While Tuchel may not be cut from the same cloth, inside the power corridors at Stamford Bridge, patience is not a characteristic of abundant supply.
“There are a few Germans that they took a few years, like Klopp, to get the team playing his way,” he said.
“Some were faster, like the [Hassenhuttl] Southampton coach. I don’t remember the [Daniel Farke] Norwich coach, sorry, and that shows that we’re in a football moment where a lot happens.
In Premier League football, German coaches are now seen as well.
“A team loses their coach and they go and look for a German coach. Aside from how well a couple of them have done, I don’t think there are too many explanations.
“Previous to that, everybody we’re looking for a Spanish coach because of Pep Guardiola, then the Portuguese because of Jose Mourinho. And now German, because of Klopp, and that’s the fashion of football.”
As one of the sharpest tactical minds in the game, Tuchel has developed a reputation, but with a foreboding reputation as a man who falls out with his superiors.
Poyet reserves judgment for now and does not feel that back-to-back Ligue 1 titles, a run to the final of the Champions League, and four big trophies overall at PSG are cause for massive celebrations.