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Former Chelsea star Michael Essien believes Thomas Tuchel is the right man for the club

Published on: 08 April 2021

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien insists new manager Thomas Tuchel is the right man for the club. 

Tichel replaced Essien's former teammate Frank Lampard a month ago and has led the club to the FA Cup semifinal as well as taking a commanding lead in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

Despite backing the appointment of the German, Essien has also praised former teammate Frank Lampard for the job he did in the 18 months he was in charge of Chelsea.

“I have to be proud of him for what he did because I think he did a very good job," Essien told talkSPORTS. “He brought several young players through so I think he did a good job. He did very well," he added.

“But it’s the business of football. If the results are not coming then the manager pays for it but he should be very proud of himself.

“Knowing Frank, knowing how strong he is mentally, I’m sure he will bounce back very soon.”

Tuchel's Chelsea beat Porto on Wednesday evening to take a 2-0 first-leg lead in the quarterfinal tie.

"He’s come in and is doing a great job at the moment. I think he’s the right man for the team," said Essien.

“We just have to support him and wish him very well. Hopefully, he can continue the good job he’s doing at the moment with the football club and the players he’s got.”

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