Chelsea stars didn't want to play on same side of the pitch as Tuchel

REVEALED: Chelsea stars didn’t want to play on the same side of the pitch as Thomas Tuchel’s dug-out because of his constant ‘barking, moaning and groaning’… and his demands were at odds with their new American owners

  • Thomas Tuchel was ruthlessly sacked as Chelsea manager on Wednesday
  • There had been a growing disconnect between the German coach and players
  • Sportsmail can reveal some players didn’t want to play on the side of his dug-out 
  • Tuchel’s ‘barking and moaning’ at players was something they became sick of 
  • PICTURED: Sacked Chelsea boss Tuchel emerges for the first time since axing 

Thomas Tuchel’s disconnect from his Chelsea players reached the extent that some of them wanted to avoid playing on the same side of the pitch as his dug-out, it can be revealed.

Tuchel, sacked yesterday by Chelsea’s new American owner Todd Boehly, was an emotional figure in his technical area throughout his time at Stamford Bridge, often roaring demands at his players from the dug-out.

But it was a habit that his players got sick of. Sportsmail can reveal a number of Chelsea’s wide players did not like playing on Tuchel’s side of the pitch, along Stamford Bridge’s East Stand.

Chelsea’s players hated playing on the side closest to Thomas Tuchel’s dug-out by the end


Tuchel is an animated figure in his technical area and players had become tired of his antics

The players were sick of Tuchel’s ‘constant barking and moaning’ – and took exception to how he groaned whenever they missed a tackle, cross, chance or didn’t cover quickly enough.

Tuchel often struggled to get the best out of his forwards, with Callum Hudson-Odoi sent on loan to Bayer Leverkusen and Timo Werner returning to RB Leipzig this summer. Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech were also close to moves away.

The revelation comes after a long list of sticking points between Tuchel, his players and the new ownership.

Boehly, who also owns the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, is keen to create a more inclusive ‘American’ style of club atmosphere with a ‘we are in it together’ focus. Tuchel’s style was deemed to be more of ‘I’m in it for me’.

His body language and demands are said to have made harmonic relationships within the leadership’s new plans difficult.

Tuchel was sacked after his 100th game as manager of Chelsea following the club’s dismal 1-0 defeat away at Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.

The German was known to groan whenever his players missed a tackle, cross, or a chance

It is understood that Stamford Bridge chiefs made the decision to part ways with Tuchel prior to the loss in Croatia.

Chelsea’s pre-season campaign was when cracks began to emerge and become apparent to a wider audience. 

Tuchel, unhappily having to get more involved in transfers after losing the trusted network that included director Marina Granovskaia and technical and performance advisor Petr Cech that he so valued and missed, cut a noticeably frustrated figure while Chelsea were in America. 

Boehly and fellow co-owner Behdad Eghbali were seen in attendance at the Stadion Maksimir to watch the defeat in Zagreb and wasted no time in sacking the German. 

Tuchel leaves having guided Chelsea to UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup glory.

Tuchel arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2021 to replace Frank Lampard and hit the ground running by winning the Champions League in six months. 

Stats and insight provided by sofascore.com – Tuchel’s 100-match record as Chelsea boss

New controlling owner Todd Boehly (right) has waited just 100 days before changing manager

Last season Chelsea reached the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals, only to lose to Liverpool on both occasions. They also finished third in the Premier League. 

In his first 50 games they only conceded 24 goals and Tuchel was heralded for the impact he made. But in his last 50 games they have conceded 53 goals, a sign of the breakdown defensively which is hampering their trophy prospects

‘I’m angry with myself and I’m angry with our performance. I’m angry with myself because I did not see it coming,’ he said after the loss in Zagreb.

‘Obviously I was in the wrong movie.’

Sportsmail exclusively revealed yesterday that Tuchel – who has been replaced by Graham Potter from Brighton – is in line to receive a £13million payout. 


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