Despite the many doubters that will emerge following Tuchel’s official appointment, make no mistake about it, Chelsea hired a winner. The Blues have been deprived of a trophy over the last two seasons and the supporters are growing restless. For the first time in a long time, the club now has someone with experience in the top levels of management. Sure, Tuchel’s managerial career has lasted just 14 years and spanned four different clubs (his first job was the Augsburg development side), but he has the CV needed to wander the touchline at Stamford Bridge.
Since many were quick to look at the simplest number possible—win percentage—to highlight Lampard’s “failures”, we’ll use the same statistic to measure Tuchel’s success. The German gaffer won 74.8 percent of the matches he managed at the Parc des Princes, spanning over two and a half years. Tuchel won six trophies—Ligue 1 (x2), Trophees des Champions (x2), the Coupe de France, and Coupe de la Ligue—during his short stint in Paris, including four pieces of silverware during 2019/20. Tuchel didn’t just win though, he won with style. He was in the dugout for 127 matches, and in that time, his side scored 337 goals while allowing just 103.
Still not convinced? Just a few short months ago, Tuchel became the first manager in PSG history to lead the club to a Champions League final. For context, the Blues haven’t come close to making that stage since that famous night in Munich.
What about his other big job though? Albeit slightly different than PSG, it was still a wildly successful stint at Dortmund. There he won 62.6 percent of his matches, scoring over 250 goals in 107 matches. He also won the DFB Pokal in 2017, a major honor in European football. As touched on previously, the biggest key to longevity at Stamford Bridge is results. If Tuchel is able to replicate the form of Dortmund during his tenure or come close to what he achieved at PSG, the Blues have found a diamond in the rough. Only time will tell though—for now, just sit back and prepare because the show is about to begin.
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