Tuchel sack not down to results and could have come even if Chelsea beat Zagreb

Thomas Tuchel has been sacked as Chelsea manager but it was not all down to the poor results this season already, according to reports.

The German looked shellshocked as the Blues were handed an embarrassing defeat in Croatia as Dinamo Zagreb did a job on them in the Champions League. It turned out to be the last time Tuchel will sit in the Chelsea dugout as new owner Todd Boehly ruthlessly wielded the axe on Wednesday morning.

It follows a shoddy start to the season that has included defeats to Leeds and Southampton while West Ham were a controversial VAR call away from claiming a point at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.

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But this has not been a knee-jerk decision from the Chelsea owners, who have had concerns over Tuchel throughout the summer. According to The Telegraph, whether the Blues won against Dinamo Zagreb, the 49-year-old was still at risk of being sacked.

There has been discontent at Stamford Bridge throughout the summer and towards the end of last season, with a number of players growing unhappy with Tuchel's stewardship. Many had grown disillusioned with life in west London over playing time and the tactics utilised.

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After a raft of changes upstairs at the club, Tuchel also found himself increasingly isolated in terms of board communication. Petr Cech worked as a go-between when the Chelsea legend was working as a technical advisor.

The German and former goalkeeper had a brilliant working relationship while the increased input in transfer activity only worked as a distraction for Tuchel this summer. It was only last month when the ex-Blues boss admitted that he rued the decision to axe Cech.

“I saw him in the last few days, and he knows from me directly that we miss him a lot. I know a lot of people miss him a lot," he said.

“He was here on a daily basis in the training centre, and he was the person who lived the values and attitude of what it takes to be a top competitor for Chelsea every day. He was very impressive, a huge help for me, and enormous support I never experienced before, in all honesty. Maybe this is his key quality."

As it turned out, this rose further eyebrows in the boardroom at Chelsea where concerns were already growing over whether Tuchel was the right man to lead the club through their new era. After spending over £250million, it appears Boehly wants someone in charge that he trusts.

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