'Just warm to him': David Seaman names key Chelsea man as the best in his position in 2021

David Seaman honoured Chelsea chief Thomas Tuchel as his manager of the year.

Speaking on his own podcast, the former Arsenal goalkeeper gladly awarded the title to Tuchel for transforming the Blues in the past 12 months.

Tales of Thomas

When the German arrived at Stamford Bridge in January, the club had hit a dead end.

Frank Lampard’s promising debut season in the dugout quickly faded into the cold hard abyss of reality.

The team had slumped to mid-table by the time Lampard was relieved of his duties, replaced by a man who had only recently been let go by Paris Saint-Germain.

A few eyebrows were certainly raised when Tuchel landed in South West London.

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After drawing 0-0 with Wolverhampton Wanderers on opening night, those questionable looks still remained.

Fast track to the end of 2021 and such queries have since washed away.

Tuchel took Chelsea from their mediocre status to Champions League winners within a relatively short space of time.

He also managed to secure a European spot on the final day of the campaign and reach the FA Cup showpiece event at Wembley.

Players who previously looked dead and buried under the former boss began to breathe a new lease of life.

Antonio Rudiger is now the most in-demand centre-back in the world, having once been an outcast at Cobham.

Seaman says

Chelsea are challenging for league titles once again – even if their efforts have stuttered lately – in no small part to Tommy T.

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“My choices would be Tuchel or Pep (Guardiola),” said Seaman on his picks for coach of the year.

“But, with Tuchel, he’s moved Chelsea on a bit as well.

“The other thing I loved about when he first came in was the respect that he showed to Frank as well.

“Even to the point where he asked the board, are you sure you’re doing the right thing, because Frank’s an absolute legend at the club.

“I was working for Sky and there was an interview with him and he was just absolutely brilliant on it. You just warm to him.

“Manager of the year, Thomas Tuchel.”

Tuchel versus Pep

Tuchel has already beaten his closest rival Guardiola on three separate occasions since taking over Chelsea.

Once in the league, once in the cup, and most significantly, in the Champions League finale.

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However, Manchester City’s mastermind might get the last laugh this term, if his team can reclaim their domestic crown.

Which, right now, is looking extremely likely.

Unless Tuchel’s boys in blue can regain ground on the leaders quickly.

January’s encounter at the Etihad should be exciting, to say the least.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.