Chelsea supporters are planning a minute’s applause for Thomas Tuchel during their Champions League match against Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday evening. Chelsea’s second game in Group E is their first match following the sacking of Tuchel last week. Graham Potter will be in Chelsea’s dugout for the first time since he replaced Tuchel as manager and will be looking to start his reign with a positive result following the team’s inconsistent start to the season.
During his 20 months in charge of Chelsea, Tuchel guided the team to success in the Champions League, the Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. And Chelsea supporters who will be at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night have urged the home fans to stand and applaud Tuchel’s efforts in the 21st minute of their match against Red Bull Salzburg. Chelsea supporters movement We Are The Shed wrote on Twitter:
‘Tonight will be our first game since Thomas Tuchel got sacked. ‘We will not be using the crowdsurfer out of respect to The Queen’s passing/pre-match plans. ‘Instead, we’re encouraging people to stand & applaud on the 21st min to say ‘thank you’ (the year he won us the CL).’ Meanwhile, Chelsea’s 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 over any business you just have to make sure you’re aligned with the people who are operating the business,’ Boehly said at SALT Conference in New York on Tuesday. ‘I think Tuchel is obviously extremely talented and someone who had great success with Chelsea. ‘Our vision for the club was finding a manager who really wanted collaborate with us, a coach who really wanted to collaborate. ‘I think there’s a lot of walls to break down at Chelsea. Before, for example the first team and the academy didn’t really share data, they didn’t share information about where the top players were coming from.
‘So our goal is to really bring a team together that, with the academy, with the first team, with the incremental clubs we want to acquire and develop, all of that need to be a well-oiled machine. ‘And the reality of our decision was that we just weren’t sure that Thomas saw the same way we saw. No one’s right or wrong, it’s just we didn’t share a vision for the future. It wasn’t about soccer, it was really about the shared vision for what we wanted Chelsea Football Club to look like. ‘It wasn’t a decision that was made as a result of a single win or loss. It was a decision that was made really about what we thought was the right vision for the club.’