Tuchel reveals he’s ‘devastated’ by his Chelsea exit

Says the Blues will always hold a 'special place' in his heart

Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he was ‘devastated’ to be sacked by Chelsea in a statement he described as one of the most ‘difficult’ he’s ever had to write.

The German manager, who guided Chelsea to the Champions League in 2021, was sacked by the club on Wednesday, following their 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb.

Tuchel has broken his silence on social media and admitted his statement saying goodbye to Chelsea fans was one he hoped he didn’t have to make for many years.

In the statement on Twitter, he wrote: ‘This is one of the most difficult statements I have ever had to write – and it is one which I hoped I would not need to do for many years. I am devastated that my time at Chelsea has come to an end.

‘This is a club where I felt at home, both professionally and personally. Thank you so much to all the staff, the players and the supporters for making me feel very welcome from the start.

‘The pride and joy I felt at helping the team to win the Champions League and the Club World Cup will stay with me forever.

‘I am honoured to have been a part of this club’s history and the memories of the last 19 months will always have a special place in my heart.’

Tuchel was binned by Chelsea just 100 days into the reign of new owner Todd Boehly, who replaced Roman Abramovich.

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