Thomas Tuchel suggested he has had no problem managing big names at Chelsea, thanks to his experience with Paris Saint-Germain superstars; Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
His spell in Paris might have been one of, if not the biggest learning curve in Tuchel’s managerial career.
The German has always been a top-class tactician, but at PSG, his man-management skills were put to the test, at least significantly more than his tenure at previous clubs like Mainz or Borussia Dortmund.
His time at PSG eventually ended in December last year after a public fallout with sporting director Leonardo over player recruitment (Sky Sports).
It was hardly a surprise, though, since he had been in a similar situation at Dortmund.
At Chelsea, however, Tuchel said the club’s structure allows him to solely focus on the football aspect. Having dealt with high-profile players such as Neymar and Mbappe also helps him manage the Chelsea dressing room.
“If Chelsea has the credibility of the biggest clubs, it is due to a perfect organisation,” Tuchel said at the Trento Sports Festival in Italy on Saturday (via La Gazzetta dello Sport).
“[It] eliminates distances and makes communication easier.
“This allows me to be focused and creative and also to be respected by the players.
“A coach must be direct and honest, clear about what he expects, and open.
“To coach Mbappe and Neymar in Paris, or [N’Golo] Kante and [Romelu] Lukaku at Chelsea.
“[To] convince them to make one move or another, you have to gain consensus through the power of ideas, not authority.
“You have to convince them that that strategy will improve the game of the team.”
It is obvious in Lukaku’s case, but it is interesting how Tuchel also mentioned Kante.
The France international could not be further away from a typical big ego, could he?
Well, Tuchel might have referred to Kante’s status as a superstar, rather than his personality, but the point is that the Chelsea boss seems to be aware that he cannot always dictate how these players operate on the pitch.
“These big names don’t need words,” he further added (via Calcionews24).
“Either they feel a connection or they don’t, maybe, [with] the quality of the instructions.
“If it makes sense — if what the coach expects makes sense.”