Succeeding a local legend is never easy. Thomas Tuchel will be able to experience it. The German coach was quickly appointed to head Chelsea in place of Frank Lampard, sacked on Monday, due to his side’s disappointing Premier League results. Barely a month after his ouster from PSG, Tuchel will have to restore confidence in the Blues of his former captain Thiago Silva.
“A top manager”, for Neville
And straighten the bar in the league, where his future players occupy 9th place, five points behind Liverpool, the last provisional qualifier for the next Champions League. The mission promises to be both exciting and perilous. Because British observers are firmly awaiting the coach who led Paris to the final of the last Champions League. With enthusiasm for some, like Gary Neville.
“He has managed at big clubs and has a lot of experience. He knows some of the players who are currently at Chelsea. He is another top manager coming to the Premier League,” said the ex- Manchester United side, consultant on Sky Sports. Over the last few years we have been blessed with some absolutely exceptional managers. We see it with the improvement in the performances of the clubs in the Champions League, with Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino. Tuchel is another manager who has that kind of pedigree, so he’s a great addition to the Premier League. “
“Winning titles with PSG in France, what does that prove?”
A point of view not really shared by Harry Redknapp. The 73-year-old technician, who is none other than Lampard’s uncle, scratched Tuchel even before his arrival. To set the scene well. “I heard Gary Neville say there was going to be another great manager in the league, reacted the former Tottenham manager, still on Sky Sports. Who said Tuchel is a great manager? Winning titles at PSG in France doesn’t make you a great manager. What does this prove? (…) You have to win the championship in France when you manage PSG. Only time will tell how good he is. “
Four years after his last experience on the Birmingham bench, Redknapp is currently an advisor for Yeovil Town, a club in the south of England, which plays in the fifth division. Recall that he has to his list an England Cup with Porsmouth (2008) and an Intertoto Cup with West Ham (1999).