Thomas Tuchel delivered a typically open statement whilst discussing his potential long-term tenure in charge of Chelsea.
Speaking to the Chelsea Mic’D Up podcast, Tuchel was asked how he envisaged the next couple of years panning out for himself and the Blues.
For coach and club, a lasting, loving relationship would be ideal.
The German has stolen hearts and minds since taking the Stamford Bridge bridles from Frank Lampard in January.
Few predicted the former Borussia Dortmund boss to have such a positive impact, both in terms of results but also winning over the fan base.
After all, he replaced arguably the most beloved player in Chelsea’s history.
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However, Tuchel is now firmly part of the Blues family, thanks to his terrific transformation of the team in a relatively short space of time.
Winning the Champions League not only cemented the 48-year-old’s cherished status, it also earned him a contract extension.
He initially signed on an 18-month deal, which was then prolonged until 2024.
Yet, as the past has printed before, the shelf life of a Chelsea chief is never a long one.
Very few make it over the two-year mark; Tuchel will be looking to break the trend.
“Hopefully I’m in charge,” he replied when questioned his idea for the future.
“That we have a good time together. If I’m still in charge, that would be a good picture.
“It’s a very promising group at the moment. You never know, because things in football change so quickly. But, it’s a very good mix at the moment.
“I like the support and the amount of support and the quality of support around the team, it’s fantastic.
“You can feel this club competes on the highest level for many years.
“In football, to have a dream for two, three, four, five years can be naive, because we rely on results and on atmosphere and development.”
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Withstanding the entirety of his contract would make Tuchel the longest-serving Chelsea coach since Jose Mourinho’s first rein between 2004 and 2007.
John Neal was the last man to remain in the Blues dugout for longer than three years, way back in the 1980s.
It’s certainly not a permanent job, that’s for sure.
Tuchel could easily be the outlier if he continues to guide Chelsea on their upwards trajectory.
Currently top of the Premier League and conquerors of Europe, the signs are – for the time being – shining brightly.