Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has opened up on a number of subjects in an interview with former England defender Rio Ferdinand ahead of the Champions League clash this evening.
The video, posted on the BT Sport YouTube channel covers a few pressing aspects of the moment, including Tuchel’s short 18-month contract at Chelsea.
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“[The 18-month contract] affects me, but in a very positive way,” Tuchel told Ferdinand.
“I didn’t like it at first, but after only a matter of minutes, I realised ‘what does it change anyway?’ If they don’t like me, they will sack me even if I have a five-year contract!”
Another topic at the moment is whether the Chelsea board are demanding that Tuchel plays, or at the very least gets the best out of their two expensive German internationals Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.
The pair arrived at the club this summer and have yet to really show us their full potential.
“The club demands a lot of [Werner and Havertz], and I can understand,” said Tuchel.
“They spent a lot of money, so it’s time to step up and fight for it.”
Some fans were concerned that when Frank Lampard was sacked, the academy players will not be getting the same chances or trust shown in them.
However, from these comments it looks like they are still in safe hands.
“I love it [the youth at Chelsea],” Tuchel declared.
“I will never stop pushing the guys from the academy. They can create a special bond between the club and the supporters. This is football, it’s about soul and feeling.”
Finally, how is he feeling about life at the club so far?
“Everything I’ve experienced here makes me very happy,” Tuchel concluded.
“It makes me feel very alive as a coach. I’m not speaking only of results, I’m speaking more about the way we work, the way we are together and how clearly the club is focused on football.”