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Thomas Tuchel, a German coach, has explained why being fired from Chelsea hurt so much, but he also acknowledges that the team will always hold a “special place” in his heart.

Just seven games into the new season, Tuchel was fired as Chelsea manager.

After leading Chelsea to Champions League victory in 2020, the former Dortmund and PSG coach was fired by new owner Todd Boehly and swiftly replaced by Graham Potter.

In his first social media post since last Wednesday’s unexpected developments, Tuchel said he had hoped to remain at Stamford Bridge for a number of more years.

I hoped I wouldn’t have to write this statement for many years, but it is one of the hardest ones I have ever had to. The fact that my time at Chelsea is over makes me very sad.

“I felt both professionally and personally at home in this club. I want to express my gratitude to the entire staff, the players, and the fans for making me feel so welcome right away.

“The pride and joy I experienced when I contributed to the team’s victories in the Champions League and the Club World Cup will last a lifetime. I am honored to have contributed to this club’s history, and the last 19 months will live on in my memories forever.

Tuchel’s dismissal was unexpected given that there had only recently been rumors that his contract would be extended.

The 49-year-old oversaw the Premier League powerhouses during the turbulent time when they were subject to special measures as a result of Roman Abramovich’s former owner’s sanctions.

Chelsea experienced an exodus during the summer transfer window as a result of the restrictions imposed by the UK government that prevented them from negotiating new contracts with a variety of stars.

 

Tuchel was tasked with replacing their defensive options after Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen both left on free transfers.

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