Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says Thomas Tuchel was “frustrated and saddened” after being sacked by Chelsea but has urged his team-mates to “quickly” adapt to Graham Potter’s methods.
Tuchel was sacked last week after Chelsea’s defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, while his reunion with Aubameyang, who joined in the closing hours of the summer transfer window, lasted just days.
Aubameyang and Tuchel have had a positive relationship following their time together at Borussia Dortmund and the German was keen to bring the former Arsenal captain to Stamford Bridge this summer to bolster Chelsea’s attacking options.
Asked about Tuchel’s departure, Aubameyang told Hayters TV following Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw between Chelsea and Red Bull Salzburg: “Everyone knows the relationship I had with Thomas.
“It’s always sad when someone leaves the club. Apparently I only saw him for a few days.
“When you play football you have to adapt very quickly to some moments in the season, that can happen.”
When asked if he had spoken to Tuchel since his exit, Aubameyang replied: “Not yet.
“I think he was a bit frustrated and sad, of course I’ll try to talk to him as soon as possible.”
Aubameyang added: “It’s been a crazy week for all of us, it’s part of life, we have to adapt, I think it’s a bit sad at the moment, hopefully we’ll have better days again soon.
“Obviously I think it’s a bit strange for everyone, not just me, but like I said, this is football, you have to adapt, when you play for Chelsea you need results as soon as possible, that’s why I’m a bit frustrated today.’
Aubameyang also praised the impact Graham Potter has made following his arrival last week.
“I think he’s a person who’s really positive, he’s a great character, so we’ll try to learn with him to win as soon as possible,” Aubameyang said.
“I think his idea is very clear, so I think it’s going to be easy. Obviously it takes time to adjust to each other.’
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