Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has revealed how the side reacted to the shock sacking of head coach Thomas Tuchel last week.
Tuchel was sacked after Chelsea’s 1-0 Champions League defeat by Dinamo Zagreb and replaced by Graham Potter, who arrived from Brighton.
The German oversaw exactly 100 games during his tenure as Chelsea manager and kept 31 clean sheets from his first 50 at the top.
Tuchel guided Chelsea to more domestic and European finals than any other manager in the club’s history – four – despite spending just 589 days in that role.
These included winning the 2020-21 Champions League, as well as reaching the finals of the FA Cup and League Cup last season, with Chelsea losing to Liverpool on penalties in both games, as well as another FA Cup runners-up finish.
In doing so, Tuchel became the first Chelsea manager to take them to the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup finals respectively – which came just 350 days into his tenure.
The 49-year-old also helped Chelsea win the Super Cup and Club World Cup last year as they became world champions for the first time in their history.
“As everyone knows, a lot has happened,” said Jorginho on Tuesday. “We look forward to cooperation [Graham Potter] and his staff.
“It was good for the first few days. We had a great, great time with Thomas [Tuchel] and we appreciate everything he has done for us and the club.
“That was a surprise for us. There’s always talk about what happened, but now games are coming and life is fast, so we don’t have much time to think.
“We talk and then we have to focus on what we’re doing.”
Asked if Potter needed to help restore confidence in the Chelsea squad, Jorginho added: “It was Thomas Tuchel’s feeling [that there was a lack of confidence] at that moment and that’s what he said to us.
“We tried what we could to do our best. Unfortunately it didn’t work anymore.’
When asked if the squad felt responsible for Tuchel’s expulsion, Jorginho said: “Of course we are a team.
“So there isn’t one person to blame for what happened. We are a team and a group on the pitch. Of course it is our responsibility what happened.’
The 30-year-old then commented on the new boss Potter, adding: “He’s a humble trainer but with a good way of working.
“I think he has that challenge and I think he will do very well because he has good ideas and a group of players who are willing to do our best and listen to what he wants. I think it’s a good combination for good results.”
Potter takes on his first Blues game on Wednesday night when Chelsea host Red Bull Salzburg in their second Group E Champions League game.
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