Thomas Tuchel opens up on ‘intense’ relationship with new Chelsea owners | Football

Thomas Tuchel opens up on 'intense' relationship with new Chelsea owners | Football
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Thomas Tuchel is getting used to life under the new Chelsea regime (Picture: Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel has described his relationship with Chelsea’s new owners as ‘very intense and very close’ as they work together to rebuild the squad this summer.

There has been huge change at Stamford Bridge, with the Todd Boehly-led consortium buying the Premier League club from Roman Abramovich.

Boehly is not only the co-owner and the chairman of the board but has also appointed himself interim sporting director, with a permanent appointment to come.

Director Marina Granovskaia is leaving the club, former chairman Bruce Buck has gone, as has club legend Petr Cech, who was working as a technical and performance advisor.

It has been a tumultuous time for everyone at Chelsea and Tuchel has had to take on more responsibility, helping to guide his team through the transfer window with his bosses lacking experience in the market.

Raheem Sterling is joining from Manchester City, while Kalidou Koulibaly will sign from Napoli shortly, so it is going well, and Tuchel has been heavily involved.

‘The relationship [with the owners] is very intense, very close, which it has to be – because without Petr and without Marina, it’s a big change in the daily structure and communication,’ Tuchel told the BBC.

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Todd Boehly is working as interim sporting director at Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I’m a lot more involved. I have to step up in terms of responsibility. I think in the long term or even when the close of the pre-season comes, I will want to be more on the coaching role again.

‘But right now it’s important to improve our team, to bring players in to stay competitive because we want to compete for a minimum of top four. Given the fact that Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United act on the transfer market for weeks and months, we need to be smart, we need to be fast and we need to find solutions. It’s my job to help.’

On signing Sterling, Tuchel added: ‘For me, he is a huge player, with a huge influence in the last years in English football and he’s in a perfect age to now take responsibility around young players that we have and be an example.

‘Getting what he delivered for years given his age, his hunger for responsibility, and his style of play and his amount of intensity is outstanding.

‘It is the benchmark in the Premier League and is exactly what we need.’


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