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Chelsea appoint Tuchel as manager

Published on: 26 January 2021

Chelsea have appointed former Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel as their new manager on an 18-month contract.

Tuchel, 47, won two league titles, the French Cup and the French League Cup in his two-and-a-half years in Paris.

Frank Lampard was dismissed on Monday after 18 months in charge, following a run of one win in five league matches.

German coach Tuchel becomes the 11th full-time manager appointed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich since the billionaire bought the club in 2003.

Chelsea's new manager is set to be permitted to be in the dugout at Stamford Bridge for Wednesday's Premier League meeting with Wolves (18:00 GMT).

Tuchel will not be exempt from coronavirus quarantine rules but will be granted an exemption by the Football Association to attend matches and training should he test negative before entering the UK, and once again to enter a Premier League club's bubble.

Outside those environments, he will have to serve a quarantine period of five days.

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Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard, the club's all-time record goalscorer, had his final game in charge on Sunday, a 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round win against Luton.

He was appointed on a three-year contract when he replaced Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge in July 2019 and guided Chelsea to fourth place and the FA Cup final in his first season as boss.

A 3-1 win against Leeds in early December put the club top of the Premier League, but five defeats in their past eight league games have left the Blues ninth in table.

No stranger to success

Tuchel takes charge of Chelsea barely five months after guiding Paris St-Germain to their first ever Champions League final.

Previously in charge at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund - replacing Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp at both German clubs - Tuchel arrives in London with a reputation for being tactically astute.

He also comes with a record of success at each top-flight club he has managed.

Tuchel's top-flight recordClubsPlayedWonDrawnLostWin ratioFSV Mainz 0518372466539%Borussia Dortmund10767231763%Paris St-Germain12795131975%

Tuchel steered newly promoted Mainz to ninth in the Bundesliga in 2009-10 and won the German Cup with Borussia Dortmund in 2016-17, overseeing the development of Christian Pulisic, Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

PSG side lost August's Champions League final 1-0 to Bayern Munich and he was sacked in late December with the club third in Ligue 1, having lost four league games.

Tuchel's 75.6% win rate in Ligue 1 is the highest in the competition's history.

His first task in his new job is to guide Chelsea to a top-four Premier League finish, with the club five points outside the Champions League qualification spots after last week's 2-0 defeat at Leicester City.

    All the goals, highlights and drama from Sunday's fourth-round ties are streaming now on BBC iPlayer


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