Tuchel open up on Chelsea’s exit as he prepares for Dortmund

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Thomas Tuchel has also opened up on his Chelsea exit, says it was a strange decision which still hurt him.

Former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has reveals the strange decision made by the Blues board that led to his exit.

Speaking on Germany ahead of his first match as the new Bayern Munich head coach against arch rivals and current Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund, Tuchel revealed he was sacked by the Blues during a ‘three to five minute meeting.

”It was a shock – I felt it, strangely, when I drove to the training centre,” said the coach who led Chelsea to Champions League glory and also lifted the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup during his 20-month spell in charge.

”The meeting we had felt unusual – and it turned out to be a very short meeting. It was 8am, or something, and it lasted three to five minutes. I was also not in the mood to talk longer.

”The decision had been made and, honestly, it was a shock for all of us. We had a feeling that we were in the right spot at the right time. We felt that we could achieve big things and we wanted to stay longer – it was as simple as that.”

Tuchel said he had built ‘huge relationships’ with the staff at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground and his sacking ‘still hurts’.

”How long did it take me to get over? It still hurts in a way – I’m not able to see these people on a daily basis,” he said.

“I love this job. I have a passion for it, I can tell you.”We built an extraordinary bond in the circumstances. We started there during Covid, during Brexit – then came the change of ownership.

“We were a strong, strong group [at Cobham]. It wasn’t in my hands to take this decision. I was no longer part of this group, a group that felt like a family.”

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