Tuchel finally meets Abramovich, with the European Cup
A Champions League winner six months later with Chelsea.What a whirlwind year its been for the German manager.Little wonder hes not so keen to meet his own boss.It took 123 days from his hiring by Chelsea to meet Roman Abramovich.
What a whirlwind year it's been for the German manager.
Little wonder he's not so keen to meet his own boss.
“It was the best moment for the first meeting,” Tuchel said, “because now on it can only get worse. We will speak tomorrow.'' There's a contract to talk about.
“I think we are pragmatic in our choices,” the Russian billionaire told Forbes magazine in March. “And we are comfortable making the right changes at the right time to ensure we can achieve our long-term ambitions.'' The ambitions when Tuchel arrived seemed to be more modest — just return Chelsea to the top-four. Champions League qualification was sealed on Sunday despite a season-ending Premier League defeat to Aston Villa. But there was also the setback of losing the FA Cup final to Leicester the previous week.
Tuchel was saved in his 30th match in charge by the club's record-signing from the summer transfer spree as $90 million-plus attacking midfielder Kai Havertz scored the only goal in Porto.
It sealed Chelsea's second Champions League title with echoes of the 2012 triumph that was also overseen by a mid-season appointee. Tuchel will be hoping to last longer then Roberto Di Matteo who was fired by Abramovich six months later in 2012.
“I can assure him that I will stay hungry, that I want the next title and I feel absolutely happy, as a part of a really ambitious club, a strong part of a strong group,'' Tuchel said. “That suits my belief and my passion about football in the moment perfectly.” Three consecutive Champions League finals have now been won by German coaches with Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool and Hansi Flick at Bayern Munich preceding Tuchel.
“My desire is to go for more victories, to grow as a coach and to push the group on the first day of the next season to the limit,” Tuchel said. “We have work to do to close the gap (in the Premier League), and this is what I'm all about. And so it will be nice to meet (Abramovich) a bit closer.''
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