Thiago Silva and Christian Pulisic are likely to be among the Chelsea players who would be happy if Thomas Tuchel were to succeed Frank Lampard.
According to Sky Germany (via Sky Sports), former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is set to be announced as the new Chelsea manager later today.
Lampard led the Blues to a 3-1 FA Cup victory against Luton Town on Sunday, but it was reportedly not enough to keep him in his job.
Understandably, there would be mixed reactions from fans regarding the reported decision to appoint Tuchel, particularly after how his spell at PSG ended.
But there are two Chelsea players who seemed to enjoy working under the German coach.
Thiago Silva said Tuchel inspires him
Tuchel might not have a very good relationship with the board at PSG, but he seems to be adored by the leader of his dressing room.
“If I have to pick three managers who inspire me the most among those with whom I have worked, I would say Tite, Carlo Ancelotti and Thomas Tuchel,” Silva said in his press conference for Brazil in November (via RMC Sport).
“All three understand football a lot, but stand out on a human level.”
While as a new signing, his influence might have not been as big at Chelsea, Silva is still seen as one of the leaders at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel helped Christian Pulisic flourish at Borussia Dortmund
It was Tuchel who gave 17-year-old Pulisic his bow at Bundesliga in 2016.
Unsurprisingly, the American has spoken about the important role Tuchel played in his career.
“I’m just very thankful for everything [Tuchel] did for me,” Pulisic said four years ago (via Bundesliga’s official website).
“Tuchel always just trusted me and gave me a chance.
“Of course he’s given me tips and feedback with what he sees every day in training and stuff like that, small things.”