Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has broken his silence over the sacking of Thomas Tuchel. The Blues’ parted ways with the Champions League-winning manager last week following the Blues’ 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. Graham Potter was quickly appointed as the German’s replacement but the axing of Tuchel caused plenty of stir among fans.
Todd Boehly, who took over the club just a few months ago from Roman Abramovich, has been severely criticized for his decision. The US billionaire has finally broken his silence after he made the decision to sack Tuchel and appoint Potter. Boehly has hailed Tuchel as a great manager but insisted that the club wanted a manager who would collaborate with the hierarchy.
The Chelsea owner has insisted that Tuchel and the owners did not share the same vision, which is why he was let go. Boehly said, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano:
“Tuchel is extremely talented and had great success, our vision for the club was finding a manager that wanted to collaborate with us.”
“But we weren’t sure Thomas saw our vision the same way we saw it, we didn’t have a shared vision.”
Newly-appointed Chelsea manager Potter will be in charge of the Blues for the first time on Wednesday. The West London club will take on Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg at Stamford Bridge in their second group stage game in the Champions League.
Matthias Jaissle’s side earned a crucial 1-1 draw against Serie A holders AC Milan in their first hroup stage game of the campaign. Chelsea’s shock loss to Dinamo Zagreb, coupled with a stalemate between AC Milan and Red Bull Salzburg, have made the equation in Group E quite interesting.
The Blues are bottom of the table right now and will be in need of a win on Wednesday to ease some pressure off their shoulders.