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Tuchel offers Man United little hope of replicating Chelsea resurgence

The German does not want to be seen as an inspiration to presidents who have itchy trigger fingers, despite the remarkable turnaround he has overseen since replacing Frank Lampard in January.

Even after the Champions League triumph in May and a start to the season that puts Chelsea atop the Premier League by three points, he insists there is no guaranteed path to glory.

Ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Juventus, Tuchel gave little encouragement to United to repeat their feat of turning crisis into glory after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.

He said, “Is that really the question, if someone else copies this?” If so, everyone sacking the coach in January to win the Champions League.

“Don’t find things where there aren’t any and start interpreting things where there is nothing to interpret. I am not the right person to ask the question. That’s none of my business. They do what they do and I have nothing to say about it.

Like it or not, Tuchel has set an example of what can be achieved with well-executed managerial change.

Chelsea were in free fall when Lampard was ruthlessly sacked earlier in the year. The claim inside Stamford Bridge was that Roman Abramovich had assembled a team capable of competing for the biggest prizes and that Lampard was the weak link.

Less than 10 months later and no one disputes this theory now. Tuchel’s impact was transformative. The Champions League glory was followed by what is shaping up to be a first challenge for the title since winning the trophy in 2017.

A draw against Juve will secure Group H qualification with one game to lose and allow Tuchel to focus on building that Premier League top lead until European football resumes in February.

Tuchel attributes his success to an ideal match between himself and the club.

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“I’m in the best place I can be right now so I’m a happy coach and I’m a happy person,” he said. “It’s perfect and that’s what I’m trying to convey and maybe what everyone is feeling. I am in the right place and in the right place.

Tuchel also embraced Abramovich’s demands in a different way from some of his predecessors.

“First and foremost I think he’s a football fan – a huge football fan,” he said. “He’s in love with the game, he’s in love with the details, he wants to know everything about it.

“About what’s going on here at Cobham and we keep him posted, we keep him posted because he has a genuine interest and love for the game. That’s the most important thing and it makes them feel good. very special things.

“I have a feeling he wants to be entertained, he wants to be competitive and he wants to have the right attitude on the pitch. That’s what he’s created here.

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“It’s amazing and we are blessed to be enjoying our time here at this club. And to keep improving is what we do.

Abramovich will not attend Tuesday’s game, despite a rare visit to London, due to another engagement. He did not meet Tuchel on this trip. They had talks the morning after the Champions League final when they discussed plans for this season and transfer strategy.

“We are doing our best if the owner is here or if he is not there,” said the Chelsea manager. “If he’s not here, I know he’ll be watching us and following closely.

“We put on a show every day – and by show I mean hard work – to make him happy and entertain him and all of our supporters who are in the stadium.

“It’s a big game, we need everyone in the stadium. We need to be at the top level and that’s what we do. If he’s there we’re super happy but we will not change our approach.


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