Following the announcement that Thomas Tuchel is the new Chelsea head coach, we have selected some quotes on the German to provide a flavour of his managerial style.
From fellow managers to former players and journalists who have followed his career closely, there has been plenty said and written about Tuchel during his seven-and-a-half seasons coaching in the Bundesliga and Ligue 1...
‘I’m very thankful for everything he did for me. Tuchel always trusted me and gave me a chance.’ – Christian Pulisic, who worked with Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund, speaking in 2017
‘He’s incredible. A German with a Brazilian soul. He brought the pleasure back into coming to work and you approach things with a big smile and energy. He makes things really smooth and does things his own way.’ – Dani Alves, who played under Tuchel at PSG
‘A fantastic, fantastic manager. You can really see his influence [on PSG]. It has changed a lot their style of play, different formations and stuff like that. I know a lot of people who have worked with him and they are all full of respect for him.’ – Jurgen Klopp
‘Tuchel is a perfectionist. Every detail counts towards perfection. He is very similar to Guardiola in his vision and approach to the game, both obsessed by the quest for perfection.’ – Julien Laurens, French football journalist
‘He’s one of the best coaches that I’ve had. I can’t deny his talent. You could say that his style is a bit like that of Guardiola, they play with the same spirit. He likes to keep the ball with a style of play that sees the ball move forward, no matter what happens.’ – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, one of Tuchel's players at Dortmund
'I would give my life on the pitch for Tuchel.' - Neymar
‘He’s coming in with a really good understanding of what Christian can do and his skillset, which is important. He has seen Christian develop and improve over his time at Dortmund and, for Christian, it’s the familiarity with how he coaches, his coaching staff, his communication style. There’s not that uncomfortable period when you’re getting to know the coach.’ – Gregg Berhalter, USA head coach
‘A superb developer of talent and a football scientist, delving deep into the game’s microscopic details.’ – Raphael Honigstein, German football journalist
‘Thomas lives football. He has this passion and desire to want to know everything and to get better. He’s 24 hours a day thinking about his team, the opponents, football generally. I like that about him. We have the same passion for the game.’ – Pep Guardiola
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