Rio Ferdinand said he was impressed by potential new Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel after interviewing the German coach back in 2019.
After releasing a statement on Frank Lampard’s sacking on Monday morning, Chelsea are expected to announce Thomas Tuchel as a new manager soon.
According to Sky Sports, the club plan to appoint him before the next game against Wolves on Wednesday.
Ferdinand believes Chelsea would have an ideal manager to deal with the big personalities they had in the dressing room.
“He [Tuchel] was one of the most impressive managers I was fortunate enough to interview,” the former Manchester United defender told BT Sport during their FA Cup coverage on Monday.
“Very insightful, he was a man of detail.
“As much as it was about speaking to him, it was speaking to the players he managed; Dani Alves, [Gianluigi] Buffon, two of the most experienced and decorated players in the world.
“They couldn’t speak any more glowingly about him in terms of how he treated them as individuals but also as a collective team.”
Ferdinand highlighted Tuchel’s last season at PSG in which he led them to the Champions League final as well as the Ligue 1 title.
“He’s German, which is an interesting point as well,” he added.
“The two big [Chelsea] signings, [Kai] Havertz and [Timo] Werner who are both German haven’t set the world alight yet, they’ll be looking to make that happen.”
Having a German-speaking manager would certainly help both Werner and Havertz settle at Chelsea, but assuming it would be a significant factor in helping them regain their last season’s form is a bit of a stretch.
The team set-up would play a bigger role, and hopefully, Tuchel would have new ideas to achieve what Lampard could not.
Several big profile players who have worked under Tuchel have spoken very highly about him, including Christian Pulisic and Thiago Silva, but keeping a big Chelsea squad would still be a big challenge.
Tuchel would not have much time to trim the squad in the January transfer window if he wanted to, unfortunately.