Chelsea will be hoping to bounce back from their opening gameweek defeat when they host Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League on Wednesday at 8pm (UK time).
The Blues were shocked in their first Champions League game of the new season, beaten 1-0 by Dinamo Zagreb which proved to be the end of the Thomas Tuchel era. Graham Potter has replaced him and his first opponents are Red Bull Salzburg, who drew with AC Milan in their first fixture.
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Thomas Tuchel “devastated” after Chelsea departure
Tuchel’s sacking, announcing early Wednesday morning following the Zagreb defeat, came as a shock to many. Chelsea hadn’t started the season well but new owners Todd Boehly appeared to have backed Tuchel in the summer transfer window, spending a lot of money to bolster the squad.
However, it appears the Zagreb defeat did not play that much of a role in Tuchel’s departure. In fact, the change in management had been coming, with Boehly and co. looking for a head coach to take the club forward – believing now to be the right time to make the transition.
A day later Potter was announced but there was still silence from Tuchel, who many Chelsea fans held in their hearts after he delivered them a second Champions League title. The message from Tuchel finally came on Sunday evening, though his rarely-used Twitter account in which the German expressed his devastation in leaving Chelsea.
“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,” he wrote on Twitter.
“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.”
Scoreline prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Red Bull Salzburg
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