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Chelsea fans plan minute-long applause for Thomas Tuchel (Getty)

Chelsea supporters plan a minute of applause for Thomas Tuchel during Wednesday night’s Champions League game against Red Bull Salzburg.

Chelsea’s second game in Group E is the first since Tuchel was sacked last week.

Graham Potter will be in the Chelsea coaching bench for the first time since replacing Tuchel and will be looking to start his tenure on a positive note after the team’s volatile start to the season.

During his 20 months at the helm of Chelsea, Tuchel led the team to success in the Champions League, Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

And Chelsea supporters, who will be at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, have urged home fans to stand up and applaud Tuchel’s efforts in the 21st minute of their game against Red Bull Salzburg.

Thomas Tuchel led Chelsea to victory in the Champions League last year

Thomas Tuchel led Chelsea to Champions League victory last year (Reuters)

Chelsea fan movement We Are The Shed wrote on Twitter: “Tonight will be our first game since Thomas Tuchel was sacked.

“We will not be using the crowdsurfer out of respect for the Queen’s passing/pre-match plans.

“Instead, we encourage people to stand up and applaud at the 21st minute to say ‘thank you’ (the year he won us the CL).”

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Meanwhile, Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly said earlier this week that the decision to sack Tuchel was because they felt he did not share the club’s vision.

“When you take on a business, you just have to make sure you align with the people running the business,” Boehly said Tuesday at the SALT conference in New York.

“I think Tuchel is obviously extremely talented and someone who has had great success with Chelsea.

“Our vision for the club was to find a manager who really wanted to work with us, a coach who really wanted to work with us.

“I think there are a lot of walls to break through at Chelsea. For example, in the past the first team and the academy didn’t really share data, they didn’t share information about where the top players came from.

“So our aim is to really bring together a team that has to be a well oiled machine with the academy, with the first team, with the incremental clubs that we want to acquire and develop.

“And the reality of our decision was that we just weren’t sure if Thomas saw the same way we did. No one is right or wrong, we just didn’t have a vision for the future. It wasn’t about football, it was about a shared vision of what Chelsea Football Club should be like.

“It wasn’t a decision made on the basis of a single win or loss. It was a decision that was really made about what we felt was the right vision for the club.

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