I’ve learned on the job – Tuchel talks about his more than decade long experience

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Thomas Tuchel was appointed as Chelsea manager last week Tuesday, and the 47-year-old German has already attracted different kind of opinions. Of course, replacing a club legend may not be the easiest of jobs after all.

One thing that seemed to work against Blues legend Frank Lampard was his supposed lack of experience. The 42-year-old had only managed for one season in the Championship, guiding Derby County to the playoff final.

Tuchel is seen as a more experienced manager, having gone from Mainz to Borussia Dortmund, PSG and now Chelsea.

The German went into management early after his playing career was cut short by injury, and has indeed garnered a lot of experience on the job.

“I learned on this job, being a manager at the highest level for more than a decade now, that you need time off,” explains Tuchel.

“You need to switch your brain off at some point. You cannot overthink everything and you cannot control everything. It’s a game where mistakes happen, where things happen by accident. You have to accept that.

“I’m not the guy who thinks he can treat a player better than the physiotherapist, who thinks he can do the kit better than the kit guys, or drive the bus better than the bus driver. I’m not that guy. I’m the guy for the dressing room, and for the tactics, and to bring the players into the mood so they are competitive.

“I’m very happy to leave everybody to their responsibility. I love to work in a nice environment where it is possible to work and be friendly, and not confuse it with not being competitive or focused. It’s on me as the head coach to live up to these principles.”

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