When the Premier League club confirmed the German as Frank Lampard’s replacement on Tuesday, Thomas Tuchel became the new boss to take on the Chelsea hot seat.

The West London club announced that the 47-year-old former Borussia Dortmund and Paris St Germain coach had signed an 18-month deal with the option of another year.

‘I would like to thank Chelsea FC for trusting me and my employees,’ Tuchel, who met the players at the Cobham training headquarters in Chelsea, said in a tweet.

‘We all have the utmost regard for the work of Frank Lampard and the legacy he built at Chelsea.

‘I cannot wait to meet my new squad at the same time and play in the most exciting football league. I’m thankful to be part of the family of Chelsea—it feels great! ‘

Lampard, Chelsea’s record goalscorer, was sacked on Monday after 18 months in charge after a string of five defeats in their last eight Premier League games.

The 42-year-old was held by the Chelsea fans in great affection and has been lauded for giving a first-team debut to eight academy graduates since arriving in July 2019.

But after spending just one season as a second-tier Derby County before reacting to the call to return to Stamford Bridge and replace Maurizio Sarri, he lacked management experience.


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