It feels like a long time ago that the German faced the media for the first time as the head coach – having already taken charge against Wolves.

After a whirlwind 48 hours in charge of Chelsea back in January, Thomas Tuchel finally faced the media as head coach of the club having replaced Frank Lampard.

There was no time for a Zoom press conference with assembled journalists as the German had just 24 hours to hold his first training session, select a team and sort tactics out for the visit of Wolves in the Premier League.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Chelsea drew Tuchel’s first match in charge at Stamford Bridge 0-0 but the rest, as they say, is history.

The Blues went on to secure fourth place in the table on the final day of the league season and then won the Champions League last month to complete a remarkable first five months in charge of the club for Tuchel.

He has been away from his family, who were still residing in Paris after he left his job at PSG, apart from a week or so before the end of the season when his family could come to England amid all the restrictions surrounding travel and coronavirus.

We then saw Tuchel and his family on the pitch at full time at the Estadio do Dragao last month as they basked in his title-winning moment in Portugal.

He will now be spending some quality time with his wife and kids before heading back to London with him as he moves his family across the Channel from the French capital.

Having been away from his family for so long and having just a TV and some books for company, Tuchel was able to fully immerse himself in his new club, his new job and what he needed to do when replacing a club legend in Lampard.

 

That was evident in that aforementioned first press conference when he took questions from journalists over Zoom.

 

“If you sign for Chelsea you sign for the hunger of titles, you sign for being absolutely competitive in every competition you play. I’m totally aware of that,” Tuchel said.

Tuchel certainly held up his end of the bargain as he made Chelsea competitive in every competition.

The Blues reached the FA Cup final before losing to Leicester City at Wembley as well, which would have made Tuchel’s early spell in charge of the club even more remarkable.

In fact, three was very little the Blues were not competitive in. The 5-2 aberration against West Bromwich Albion was a complete one-off at the time and looked even more so as the second half of the season carried on at pace.

 

Chelsea lost only five times last season under Tuchel, one of those was the result of a 92nd minute wonder goal from Mehdi Taremi in the Champions League quarter final against Porto.

Tuchel never hid, not in his first press conference or any subsequent ones (and there were a lot of them) about what was expected of him when he took the job not only from those who have employed him, but also from himself.

He backed up what he said in his very first press conference.

By Funfair

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