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‘This is a club where I felt at home’: devastated Thomas Tuchel recently tweeted

Thomas Tuchel has said he is “devastated” after being sacked by Chelsea and hoped to stay at the Premier League club for “many years”.

Tuchel, 49, was sacked last Wednesday following Chelsea’s shock 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League opener.

has compounded a poor start to the season which has also seen defeats away to Leeds United and Southampton, while Tuchel has already been suspended a row with Tottenham boss Antonio Conte.

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Chelsea have set a new Premier League record for the most money spent in a single transfer window – £271.1m – following the arrival of new owners, led by American businessman Todd Boehly, who took over the club from Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.

After his first 100 days in charge, they decided to sack Tuchel and replace the German with Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter.

“This is one of the hardest statements I’ve ever had to write and I hoped I wouldn’t have to for years. I’m devastated that my time at Chelsea has come to an end,” Tuchel wrote on Twitter.

“This is a club where I felt at home, both professionally and personally.”

Tuchel made an immediate impact when he was appointed Chelsea manager in January 2021, replacing club legend Frank Lampard with the ninth Premier League club. He engineered a turnaround that saw the Blues finish fourth, reach the FA Cup final and win their second Champions League title.

Despite Chelsea finishing third in the Premier League and reaching both domestic cup finals, results began to decline towards the end of last season, losing both times to Liverpool on penalties.

Tuchel’s relationship with the new owners is also reported to have been strained, with the German unwilling to take a more hands-on role in transfers and other non-coaching matters.

“The pride and joy I felt when I helped the team win the Champions League and Club World Cup will stay with me forever,” Tuchel said.

“I am honored to have been part of this club’s history and the memories of the last 19 months will always hold a special place in my heart.”

New Chelsea manager Potter has signed a five-year contract and joins the club after an impressive three-year spell at Brighton, which saw the club finish ninth in the Premier League last season – their highest ever finish – and a strong start to the current season. campaign.

In an open letter to Brighton fans, Potter asked for “forgiveness” and thanked the club for “three wonderful years”.

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