Hitting him when he's down: "Tuchel's Chelsea were BORING to watch"
The German coach has been heavily criticised after he lost his job at Stamford Bridge
It has not been a week yet since Thomas Tuchel was sacked by Chelsea, but the German coach is already receiving some criticisim from former colleagues. The former Borussia Dortmund and PSG manager was sacked after a loss against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, and despite Blues owner Todd Boehly insisting that it had nothing to do with the result, the clear thing is that many are taking the opportunity to share their thoughts on the matter.
The latest to do so is no one else than former Premier League manager Tim Sherwood, who was very critical of the way in which Tuchel set out his team. "At the end of last season, Tuchel's Chelsea were boring to watch. At the beginning of this season they were poor and boring to watch", commented the former Tottenham manager during in the preview of Chelsea's clash with RB Leipzig.
It must certainly fit Todd Boehly's idea of how Chelsea should play, with the American owner recently claiming that Tuchel was sacked on the grounds of the vision he and his partners had for the club: "The reality of our decision was that we weren't sure that Thomas saw it the same way we saw it. No one is right or wrong, we just didn't have a shared vision for the future. It wasn't about Zagreb, it was about the shared vision for what we wanted Chelsea to look like".
The second Champions League group stage match for the Blues also marks an special ocassion as it will be the debut of newly appointed manager Graham Potter. The former Brighton manager may not bring the accolades that Tuchel did when he joined the Stamford Bridge side, but Sherwood certainly sees him with much kinder eyes. "[Potter] plays a nice possession style, he's more progressive than Tuchel; I'm not saying he's a better coach than Tuchel, that remians to be seen", commented the coach turned pundit about his countryman.
"This is a pressurized environment; can you play off the cuff football? I don't think he does that at all", added Tim Sherwood, who's clearly much more of a fan of Potter's style than Thomas Tuchel's, "He wants to play with a nice balance between his defence and his attack, but the team he's picked tonight is very attacking". The ocassion will also mark the debut of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who recently joined from Barcelona with the hopes of playing under Tuchel once again but will have to settle for doing so under Potter.