Just days into his reign as the new head coach of Chelsea football club, Thomas Tuchel, has revealed that his predecessor, Frank Lampard, has sent him a personal message to wish him well.
The former Paris Saint German and Borussia Dortmund manager had no time to settle as he took charge of his side’s goalless draw with Wolves on Wednesday night.
He will be looking to help the London club get back to their best and has disclosed that Lampard sent him a message this morning as he attempts to achieve that for the club.
Speaking at his unveiling, Tuchel reiterated the respect he has for the former Chelsea boss and added that the respect has gone up a notch following the message he received.
He said to journalists via a video link: “I have the biggest respect for him personally and for his legacy, and it just got bigger when I received a message today in the morning,’ he revealed, ‘a personal message to wish me all the best and maybe that we meet in the future when this is possible.
“Honestly, nothing has changed there but in the last 72 hours the club made it clear to me that this is not my fault, and I cannot change the situation for him. The decision was made and I was handed the opportunity.”
Tuchel was also asked to comment on the possibility of receiving a backlash from the supporters following the sacking of the club’s all time leading goalscorer.
“I don’t know, I hope not, because that would be hard on the team,” Tuchel responded, “because we need our supporters like any team and in a stadium like ours and a club like Chelsea, to have the fans so close and behind the team makes a difference.
“I can absolutely assume that it is a big, big disappointment for the fanbase to see that Frank was sacked. I have the biggest respect for him and was a huge fan of Frank as a player. It was pure joy to watch him play to see how he played with personality. He was one of the key figures to demonstrate over 90 minutes what Chelsea is all about, about intensity, about devotion, about winning mentality.
“I have the biggest respect for him personally and for his legacy, and it just got bigger when I received a message today in the morning,’ he revealed, ‘a personal message to wish me all the best and maybe that we meet in the future when this is possible.”
The new Chelsea boss also confirmed that Ngolo Kante has returned to training today after spending days on the sidelines and could play a part in their fixture against Burnley on Sunday.