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Former Borussia Dortmund Manager Is On Chelsea’s Radar To Replace Conte: Right Man For The Job?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Chelsea are scouting for able personas to take over the managerial throne at Stamford Bridge and former Borussia Dortmund coach, Thomas Tuchel has been selected as one of the candidates. Antonio Conte saw his team lose 4-1 against an energetic Watford on Monday. The Hornets completely dominated the game from start to finish and scored at their own whim as the Chelsea defence just allowed them to walk in the penalty box while trying to make comeback. Eden Hazard’s curled-in effort led to the only goal for Chelsea before Watford killed the game off with 3 goals in the final 7 minutes.

This loss hurt even more for the Blues fans because of the earlier defeat to Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge. They were the victim of another 3 goal thrashing and that too right at home. This might just be the end product of the rift between Conte and the Chelsea that was ignited last summer. The loss against Watford might be one of the final logs to be added to the fire as Roman Abramovich and his advisors are already looking for the Italian’s replacement.

Tuchel’s managerial career has been spent entirely at Germany and in the Bundesliga. He started coaching the VfB Stuttgart U19 team in 2000 and developed players like Mario Gomez and Holger Batstuber. His impressive five-year stint with the youth ranks earned him the promotion to the head coach position of the FC Augsburg II.

Next season he was called up by the Mainz board and was immediately implemented in the side’s youth ranks again on a two-year contract. It was when he took over the senior team that the Bundesliga giants started to take notice. In his final season, the 44-year-old sought to expand the dynamic of the team, hoping to create a quicker, more unpredictable outfit and eventually led the team to a 7th place finish and a spot in the Europa League. He finished his Mainz career with 72 wins, 46 draws, and 64 losses, from 182 games – a win percentage of 39.56%.

Borussia Dortmund was at a loss when Jurgen Klopp left the club for Liverpool and Tuchel was in the market after he was released from his contract prematurely by the Mainz board according to his wishes. With the financial resources in his hands, Tuchel brought in talents like Gonzalo Castro and Julien Weigl, Ousmane Dembele and Marc Batra when the team’s core players left. He won the DFB Pokal after beating Bayern Munich in the finals of the 2016/17 season. But his tenure ended due to the team’s lack of title contention and the German was fired just three days after winning his first major trophy.

Now he is without a job and judging by the way he commanded his business for a trophy-hungry side like Dortmund, a place at the helm of the Chelsea team would not be a bad fit.

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