New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has showed respect and paid a sparkling tribute to his predecessor Frank Lampard. He said that he understands it’s not a easy going for the fans at the sacking of the club’s icon Lampard.
Farnk Lampard, Chelsea’s record scorer, has been sacked on Monday after being on charge for 18 months. It was really shocking for fans even though switching managers is not that unfamiliar scenes at Stamford Bridge.
Later on, Thomas Tuchel, the 47-year-old German has replaced Lampard on Tuesday. Within 24 hours, he took charge of his first Premier League game with a 0-0 home draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Tuchel meet the press ahead of Sunday’s clash with Burnley at Stamford Bridge, where the reporters asked him about a possible supporter backlash against Lampard’s sacking.
“I hope not because that would be hard on the team. The fans are so close (to the pitch when they are in the stadium) and behind the team, it makes a big difference,” he said.
“I know it was a big disappointment for the fanbase that Frank was sacked and, as I said before, I have the biggest respect. I was a huge fan of Frank as a player.
“To see how he played, he was one of the key figures who demonstrated what the club was all about. I have the biggest respect for him and his legacy.”
Tuchel, who was in charge of his Mainz before moving to Borussia Dortmund and then Paris St Germain where he won two French titles, said he had received a personal message of support from 42-year-old Lampard.
“I can’t change the situation for him. The decision was made and I was handed the opportunity. It’s not my fault,” he said.
Tuchel said it was a “pretty easy” decision to accept Chelsea’s approach and acknowledged he will be judged on results.
“In the end, I am very realistic, I am in a club whose DNA is to win,” he said. “I am here to challenge for every trophy we play for. This year it is the Champions League and FA Cup — for the Premier League it is not realistic.”
Currently, Chelsea are eighth in the table on 30 points from 20 games, 11 adrift of leaders Mancheser City who have a game in hand.
It was suspected that Tuchel will not go with the youngsters who the former Chelsea great Lampard promoted to the first team in managerial period.
Doubt came true when Tuchel dropped Mason Mount, Reece James and Tammy Abraham to the bench against Wolves in his inaugural match for Chelsea.
“I wanted to take the weight off their shoulders,” Tuchel said. “I wanted to give the responsibility in this special moment to a bit more experienced players and have them on hand.
“When a big club changes a manager in mid-season you don’t know what effect it can have on young players, that’s all.
“There is nothing to worry about, I like what I see from Mason so far, (he’s) such a nice and competitive guy. Every game I have seen so far, Mason cares for Chelsea, 100%.”
While Tuchel did not rule out signings before the transfer window closes on Monday, he said he was excited about his squad.
“I have zero doubt that we have 21 players who are absolutely ready to play in the Premier League and win games for us,” he said.