Roman Abramovich’s U-turn on Thomas Tuchel proves Chelsea’s ruthless decisions were right – Anita Abayomi
Thomas Tuchel gives us a glimpse of a conversation he had with Roman Abramovich shortly after the Club World Cup final victory.
Tuchel told the boss the trophy was for him. He said,
“This is for you. This is your club, and it’s your contribution and your passion that made this possible, and we’re happy to be a part of it.”
I guess the best way to reciprocate is to give your employee what they deserve, which is their support.
Receiving support from Abramovich is a rarity. It’s like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
Of course, we know Abramovich‘s ruthless history with Chelsea managers. Injuries are usually not a sufficient excuse. But there’s just something about Tuchel that feels good, and I think he knows that too.
It has been reported that the Chelsea board believe they would have been in competition with Manchester City had it not been for the Covid-19 cases and injuries. I believe it too. It’s just common sense, isn’t it?
Few managers would have received such a grace considering that Tuchel wasn’t the first choice for Abramovich. Current Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick was the preferred option just over 12 months ago. Looking at Rangnick’s situation at United, I would probably be predicted an imminent sacking if that was the case at Chelsea.
It’s nice to hear that the big boss at the top understands the situation at Chelsea. Tuchel still sent us to yet another final and won another important trophy despite all the setbacks. No wonder he’s backed at the top.
My question now is, had Abramovich been too hard on former managers who failed to deliver without their first-choice transfer window? Managers such as Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho come to mind. Was the expectation for them too high? Or is Tuchel just a miracle worker?
As formidable as Pep Guardiola’s side are, they were trailing behind Chelsea before the injury crisis began. The Blues could have easily rivaled City if luck worked in their favor in the same way as Man City.
Guardiola is lucky with the lack of injuries he had to cover. When a supposed first-team player becomes unfit, a viable replacement awaits a straight trade. For example, in the event of Aymeric Laporte getting injured, City have reliable options in Ruben Dias, John Stones and Nathan Ake.
This has not been the case for Chelsea. Once N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic were hit by the injury/covid-19 double whammy, the Blues had to bring in Saul Niguez, who isn’t well suited to the Premier League or Tuchel’s system. The constant need to change personnel and improvise was not an ideal situation, and it seemed like there was a lot of pressure on the German.
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If Chelsea had taken their time and stuck with Mourinho, Ancelotti or Conte for the long term, it could have been a repeated cycle of managers complaining about their staff and not using what they had in front of them.
In a fascinating world of ifs, buts and maybes, who knows what might have been with former Chelsea managers. In today’s reality, Tuchel is halfway to winning everything with Chelsea. He won what no other manager has won for the Blues, and he did it in just over a year with a permanent signing without complaint.
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