Thomas Tuchel’s success means Mauricio Pochettino may have already blown Man Utd job
Timing is everything – and, fair to say, everything is running like clockwork at Chelsea right now.
Thomas Tuchel and his European champions are so in the zone, it is ridiculous. They just keep hitting the target.
Crikey, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich makes an extremely rare return to the country this week – and his beloved Blues turn on the style and produce the best show in town.
The Russian, who has been in political exile since in 2018, was not here to watch the football. But, rest assured, Abramovich will have been across events at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Tuchel’s men utterly destroyed Juventus in the Champions League to maintain fine form in the competition they won last May for the second time.
The 4-0 romp followed hot on the heels of a comprehensive 3-0 whitewash of Leicester at the King Power. Seven goals scored in two games since the international break – with none conceded.
Those results will have had the club’s billionaire boss, wherever he was in the capital, breaking into a broad smile.
For during Tuchel’s near-perfect 11-month reign, one ingredient maybe missing from Red Rom’s recipe for beautiful roundball glory was hitting the back of the net regularly.
Abramovich loves exciting, free-flowing, goals-galore victory – and, ultimately, a coach who does not deliver on ALL these fronts will be gone sooner rather than later.
He must have been thrilled with the Three-Lions inspired thumping of the Italian outfit. Reece James, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Trevoh Chalobah and Ben Chilwell, until his serious knee injury, were simply sensational.
To smash four past one of the supposedly meanest defences in the game really is impressive – just as Tuchel’s Chelsea have been since day one.
Clear evidence as to why it is best not to hang around waiting for the right moment to appoint the right manager at your club.
Take note Manchester United, who happen to be heading to Stamford Bridge to face the league leaders on Sunday with caretaker Michael Carrick at the wheel.
He is temporary, filling the void until the United hierarchy’s actual pick for interim coach, Ralph Rangnick arrives for his six months at the helm…until they then name their actual permanent choice to succeed sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next summer.
Can anyone make any sense of such a shambolic strategy?
Certainly not poor Mauricio Pochettino, who committed the mistake of letting it be known to the English press that he would happily uproot from Paris Saint-Germain as soon as United came calling.
Unfortunately, Poch’s phone is yet to ring and now, should he fail to lead PSG to Champions League glory, he will be branded a failure.
United, meanwhile, have opted for the Godfather of German modern-day coaching to steady their ship – no doubt influenced by Tuchel’s success,.
Trouble is when an interim manager is installed at United for a remainder of a campaign – and 2021-22 has two-thirds to run – all bets are off.
The last one stayed for the best part of years, after all.