Thomas Tuchel reveals why he only signed an 18-month contract with Chelsea

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German tactician Thomas Tuchel signed only an 18-month contract to join Chelsea after the sacking of Frank Lampard.

The German has revealed he initially had concerns over Chelsea offering him an 18-month deal but decided to accept on the basis that he will be sacked anyway if he doesn’t win trophies.

Asked about only receiving an 18-month contract, Tuchel said: “I want to be very honest with you. At first, it was a concern, a little bit like, ‘Oh, why 18 months?’

“And after one minute, I thought: ‘What does it change? What does it change if they gave me four-and-a- half years and they sack me anyway?’ If they are not happy with me, they will sack me anyway.

“If they gave me four-and-a-half years and put in a clause that, when they sack me, they don’t pay me, where can I be sure that I am there four and a half years? You cannot. That is the truth at this level.

“I don’t want to be too much of a philosopher, but where is the role right now of coaches?

“Obviously here is different but in Germany, in France, are we in charge of the whole team, also of the transfers or not? Are we totally free in everything we do, or not? Are we only responsible for bad results, or also for good results? Where is this role and where do we find ourselves? I decided not to worry about that too much.

“I decided to be brave enough to take this adventure because it was absolutely clear that I want to do it and I don’t want to miss the chance. But it’s also my character to believe more in the chances than in the risks.

“For me personally, there’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of. I’m very grateful to do this job at this level. I don’t want to lose my time to think about the risks.”

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