'They're animals': Gary Neville compares Chelsea boss Tuchel to three rival managers in the PL

Gary Neville has described Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, along with three other Premier League managers, as “animals” in the dugout.

Tuchel, 48, has just wrapped up his first year and a half in charge at Stamford Bridge.

It’s been a hectic 2021/22 campaign for him by guiding his side to both the League Cup and FA Cup final, which they lost on both occasions on penalties to Liverpool. There’s been the spotlight of government sanctions and a club takeover to deal with in the last few months, too.

However, he’s a manager that the Blues fanbase have absolutely fallen in love with.

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Gary Neville has praised Thomas Tuchel aura

Tuchel’s someone that Sky Sports pundit Neville rates as one of the elite managers in England.

He’s compared him to Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham’s Antonio Conte.

It’s no surprise that Tuchel, Guardiola, Klopp and Conte all ended up with teams in the Premier League’s top four because they’re so highly rated.

“Tuchel, Conte, Klopp and Guardiola, they’re animals of managers these four. They win trophies all the time. They’re stood on that touchline and they can eat you up, and eat you alive almost in their presence and aura,” Neville said.

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Trust in Tuchel

For certain, Chelsea’s new ownership should put faith in Tuchel as the club’s manager at Stamford Bridge.

He’s handled the pressure extremely well since taking his first job in England and has got so much out of this squad of players.

Let’s hope he’s given the right financial backing in the summer to improve his squad, too.

Tuchel explained this month he’s fairly open to potential changes in his team’s system depending on the players Chelsea sign, but they need a takeover rubberstamped before they can engage in transfer activity.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.