The German, who gave the club a Champions League, was left without a place last week.

The German, who gave the club a Champions League, was left without a place last week.

Chelsea is already experiencing a new stage, after Thursday it announced the English Graham Potter as new manager, replacing the sacked Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.

Potter agreed to a five-year contract years with the London outfit, who praised their “progressive football and innovative training”. The 47-year-old coach has earned widespread admiration for his work at Brighton. After a few beginnings in the modest Swedish club Östersunds FK, Potter joined Swansea and later Brighton.

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Also intended as England manager, Potter faces the most serious test of his career, arriving at the volatile situation in which Stamford Bridge finds himself.

The German, who gave the club a Champions League, lost his place last week.

Tuchel's relationship with his players had deteriorated, and tension with the new owners was in the air. Not surprisingly, Chelsea's statement highlights Potter's “collaborative and forward-looking approach”.

Tuchel was sacked on Wednesday, hours after a shock 1-0 loss on his Champions League debut against Dinamo Zagreb. The German, who was in charge for less than 20 months, leaves the club in a disappointing sixth position in the Premier League, having won just three of the first six games, but with a Champions League and a Club World Cup to come. his credit.

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The German broke his silence on Sunday, five days after his dismissal, and said he was “devastated”.

“This is one of the most difficult statements I've ever had to write, and one I hoped I wouldn't have to do for many years. I am devastated that my time at Chelsea has come to an end,” Tuchel wrote in one of his three consecutive posts on his Twitter account.

“This is a club where I felt at home, both professionally and personally. Thank you very much to all the staff, the players and the fans for making me feel welcome from the beginning”, added the German.

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“The pride and joy I felt in helping the team win the Champions League and the World Cup Clubs will stay with me forever. I feel honored to have been part of the history of this club and the memories of the last 19 months will always have a special place in my heart”, concluded Tuchel.

Chelsea will face Salzburg, from Austria, on Wednesday in its second game in the Champions League, and on Sunday it will host Liverpool, which is also in a crisis of results, in the Premier League.
With AFP

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