Tuchel reacts as Chelsea confirm him as Lampard successor

Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of Thomas Tuchel as the club’s new head coach with the German signing an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel arrives as the west London side following the decision to sack Frank Lampard on Monday morning, with Chelsea having won just twice in their past eight league fixtures to drop to ninth in the Premier League.

The 47-year-old has been without a club since being sacked at Paris Saint-German in December, just months after guiding the Parisian side to their first-ever Champions League final.

Tuchel won back-to-back league titles during his spell with PSG alongside two domestic cups, and previously enjoyed spells in the Bundesliga with both Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.

Chelsea have confirmed that the new head coach will be in the dugout for tomorrow’s Premier League clash against Wolves, having been permitted to join the club’s bubble in accordance with Covid-19 protocols.

Tuchel has expressed his delight at joining ‘the most exciting league in football’ with the manager also paying tribute to predecessor Lampard in a statement on the club’s website.

“I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me and my staff,” he said.

“We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea. At the same time, I cannot wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football. I am grateful to now be part of the Chelsea family – it feels amazing!”

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