Glenn Hoddle explains what surprised him about Thomas Tuchel's new Chelsea contract - The Chelsea Chronicle

Glenn Hoddle explains what surprised him about Thomas Tuchel's new Chelsea contract

Glenn Hoddle has praised how Thomas Tuchel has transformed Chelsea into a Champions League-winning side and was surprised by the German’s new contract.

When Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard in January, he was given a clear objective by the Chelsea board: to finish in the top four.

He not only accomplished that, despite the final-day fixture scare, but he also exceeded expectations with the Champions League triumph.

Unsurprisingly, the German has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension (until 2024) to his initial 18-month deal.

Hoddle who said Tuchel has made Chelsea a “tough side” to play against seems to have expected a longer deal after Tuchel’s achievements.

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“He has done a fabulous job, hasn’t he?” Hoddle told talkSPORT about Tuchel’s spell at Chelsea so far.

“And rightly so.

“I’m surprised that it’s [Tuchel’s contract extension] only two years, to be honest. Maybe that’s only him asking for two years.

“Nowadays, contracts are six-month, aren’t they really?”

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To be fair, no Chelsea manager has really been untouchable regardless of how many years left in their contract in Roman Abramovich’s era.

Roberto Di Matteo, for example, was appointed as a full-time manager on a two-year deal in June after the FA Cup and the Champions League double-winning season in, but lost his job just a few months later in November.

Tuchel is a far more experienced manager than Di Matteo, obviously.

And unlike the latter who had a rather ageing squad and lost important dressing-room figures such as Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, and Michael Essien the following summer, Tuchel has a very young squad that will only improve.

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