Thomas Tuchel has revealed he questioned the decision of the club to sack Frank Lampard after he was approached by the Chelsea board.
“I actually said to the [Chelsea] board during the first phone call, ‘Are you sure of doing this? They [the fans] would not like you. Maybe he [Lampard] deserves more time,’” Tuchel told Sky Sports.
“Because when I think about Chelsea, I think about Frank Lampard, John Terry, Petr Cech, Didier Drogba.
“He [Lampard] embodies everything about Chelsea; hard work, aggressive player, a big leader, but at the same time a normal guy and a team player — a true, true legend.
“But I clearly understood that the choice more or less was [already] made, and it was ‘take it or leave it’ type of chance.”
Tuchel also admitted that he did not expect the whole Chelsea squad to be happy with the club’s decision to appoint him to replace Lampard.
“But I said very early to these guys, ‘I did not push him out, I’m here to continue the way in the manner that I can do, which is my way,’” he added.
“I’m in a top club, the experience from day one was fantastic support from the club, very organised, and a strong group on the field, which is a pleasure to work with every day.”