Nobody who has watched a Chelsea game since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival could have failed to notice his animated presence on the touchline.
From barking out tactical instructions to dramatically lamenting missed opportunities, it is clear Tuchel lives and breathes every moment of the 90 minutes that unfold before him.
Ahead of today’s game against Leeds – whose manager Marcelo Bielsa has his distinctive touchline bucket – our boss has revealed he has actually become more relaxed since starting out in management.
‘When you see my emotions on the sideline, you should know it has changed a lot!’ said Tuchel.
‘Ten years ago it was double or triple [what it is now]. I was totally sucked into the match, I was sweating all over, I was attacking the fourth officials all the time, I was attacking the referee, everybody on the bench. Nobody was safe!
‘I have calmed down a lot. It was necessary because it’s not always best to express all your feelings on the sideline and give an instant view into what you are feeling.
‘Sometimes it’s easier to stay calm, sometimes you get attached more,’ added Tuchel.
‘In the end that is me in game mode. I want to push the players to their maximum and see them perform how they do in training. Sometimes you will see me on the sidelines sitting and reflecting and talking to my assistant coaches.
‘I’m a pretty emotional guy and when the game is on I feel like a part of it. I am still developing. It’s not about me and how I feel. It’s about what helps the players. This is what I demand from myself, that I do the best for my players.’
After the game against Everton, a clip of Tuchel firmly instructing Timo Werner to switch flanks in German went viral on social media. The boss confirmed he had seen it back.
‘It was very direct and in a moment there are no spectators it can happen. We reminded Timo to join back to his position on the right side because he was a bit too long on the left side.
‘They can clearly swap positions, it’s not a problem, but we wanted to have Callum on the left side and Timo on the right in this game.
‘If it’s respectful and we’re not insulting each other, I have no problems with the players being direct with me. Sometimes on the sideline the coach is in a game mode, things are direct and meant to be clear.
‘Sometimes things aren’t pronounced in the friendliest way, I agree, but I have the feeling nobody takes it too personally. It’s about the information, that’s it.’
Away from the intensity of matches, Tuchel is an affable, easy-going guy. Many players have spoken of his warmth and insight, and it is the welcoming nature of Cobham, Tuchel says, that has made his introduction to English football so comfortable. Games of football with other members of staff have further aided that bedding-in process!
‘Everything I wish for as a coach is here. I feel a part of a big football club but also a family. I feel a lot of support, and I feel very comfortable with my team. It’s a pleasure to compete with them, to be around them, and be at Cobham every day.
‘At Cobham I feel absolutely as a part of a structured club, with strong support from every department. It’s nice to meet everyone before training and when we have lunch together.
‘But I have the feeling I have lost my authority because I lost in the staff match earlier this week! They did not let me win, it was 4-3 I think. The first match I won, so there is a bit of lack of respect! Maybe we have to change things a little bit.
‘We played a 10 against 10, this is what we do on a regular basis, it’s what I like a lot. It gives you the feeling to interact not only as a coach or a doctor or physio, but as normal guys who like to play football and have fun together. I truly believe on a football pitch you learn a lot about life and how everybody is behaving.’