A “devastated” Thomas Tuchel has spoken out for the first time since being sacked by Chelsea.
The Germany manager left Stamford Bridge on Wednesday morning after his side suffered a 1-0 defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League group stage opener.
Tuchel – who has already been replaced by Graham Potter – reportedly asked Blues owner Todd Boehly to give him more time during a brief 10-minute conversation that ended with him being shown the door.
The former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain manager guided Chelsea to Champions League success in the first six months of his tenure, winning the Club World Cup and reaching two other cup finals during his tenure.
The 49-year-old has now revealed his pain in a statement written “many years” earlier than hoped and thanked the staff, players and fans for their support.
“This is one of the most difficult statements I have ever had to write – and I hoped I would not have to make it for many years,” wrote Tuchel.
“I am devastated that my time at Chelsea is over.
“This is a club where I felt at home, both professionally and personally. Thank you to all the staff, players and supporters who made me feel very welcome from the start.
“The pride and joy I felt in helping the team win the Champions League and Club World Cup will always be remembered.
“I’m honored to have been a part of the club’s history and the memories of the last 19 months will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Thiago Silva is among the Chelsea players who have paid tribute to Tuchel following his sacking.
Silva – who played at both Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea under Tuchel – responded to the news with a heartfelt message on social media, wishing he “could have done more” to keep him in the job.
“You and your staff were not only fine professionals but amazing people,” the veteran defense attorney wrote on Instagram.
“It has been a real privilege to meet and work with you. Thank you for everything Thomas Tuchel, sorry I couldn’t be more helpful! God Save you and your family.’
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