‘I wrote to him’: Former Chelsea defender claims he reached out to Thomas Tuchel after he was sacked

Former Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has claimed in an interview with SPORT1 that he got in touch with Thomas Tuchel after he was sacked by the club earlier this month.

The defender played the best football of his career under his countryman at Stamford Bridge, with their time together leading to both of their first Champions League victories.

However, their relationship in West London came to an end when Rudiger left the club for free, after poor efforts to extend his contract before they were hit with sanctions earlier this year.

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Despite losing Rudiger and fellow defender Andreas Christensen over the summer, the defence was well invested in with the signings of Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana and Marc Cucurella.

Rudiger reached out to Tuchel

With that trio as well as many more new signings, Rudiger has claimed he struggles to understand why the decision to fire Tuchel was made so suddenly.

He said: “First they let him get new players, only to then let him go after a few games. I was surprised at the speed. The day of his release was a sad one for me. I wrote to him afterwards and thanked him again for everything. 

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“He was there for everyone, not just me. If you look at where we came from and where he took us, he did the impossible. But you know how it is in football. Sometimes you’re the hero, sometimes the bogeyman.”

While for purely footballing reasons the decision looks a strange one, unfortunately Chelsea fans are left with the realisation that the manager will have to be prepared to work closely with the rest of the board in order to be at the club.

Fans will now be hopeful Graham Potter is given time to forge those relationships in what could be a difficult season for the Blues.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.