Thomas Tuchel offers Manchester United little hope of replicating Chelsea resurgence after Solskjaer sacking

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Thomas Tuchel has bad news for Manchester United if they think a mid-season sacking can emulate his ­spectacular Chelsea success.

The German does not want to be ­considered an inspiration to chairmen with itchy trigger fingers, despite the remarkable turnaround he has overseen since replacing Frank Lampard in January.

Even on the back of May’s Champions League triumph and a start to the season that has Chelsea top of the Premier League by three points, he insists it is no guaranteed route to glory.

Ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Juventus, Tuchel gave little encouragement to United that they could repeat his feat of turning a crisis into glory after dismissing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.

He said: “Is this the question, really, if somebody else copies that? If so, everybody sacks the coach now in January to win the Champions League.

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“Don’t find things where there are no things to find and start to interpret stuff where there is nothing to interpret. I am the wrong person to ask about it. It is none of my business. They do what they do and I have nothing to say about it.”

Whether he likes it or not, Tuchel has become the example of what can be achieved with a well-executed managerial change.

Chelsea were in free-fall when Lampard was ruthlessly dismissed at the start of the year. The contention inside Stamford Bridge was that Roman Abramovich had assembled a squad capable of ­competing for the biggest prizes and Lampard was the weak link.

Less than 10 months on and nobody is arguing with that theory now. Tuchel’s impact has been transformative. Champions League glory has been followed by what is shaping up to be a first title challenge since they won the trophy in 2017.

A draw against Juve will secure qualification from Group H with a game to spare and allow Tuchel to concentrate on building on that lead at the top of the Premier League until European football resumes in February.

Tuchel puts his success down to an ideal fit between him and the club.

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“I am in the best place possible at this moment so I am a happy coach and I am a happy person,” he said. “It is perfect and that is what I try to transmit and maybe what everyone feels. I am in the right place and in the right spot.”

Tuchel has also embraced the demands of Abramovich in a manner unlike some of his predecessors.

“I think first and most importantly, he is a football fan – a huge football fan,” he said. “He is in love with the game, he is in love with the details, he wants to know everything about it.

“About what’s going on here in Cobham and we keep him informed, we keep him posted because he such a genuine interest and genuine love for the game. This is the most important thing and this makes things very ­special.

“I have the feeling he wants to be entertained, he wants to be competitive and he wants to have the right attitude on the pitch. This is what he created here.

“It is amazing and we are blessed to enjoy our time here in this club. And to keep on progressing is what we do.”

Abramovich will not attend Tuesday’s game, despite making a rare visit to London, due to another ­engagement. He has not met with Tuchel on this trip. They held talks the morning after the Champions League final when they discussed plans for this season and transfer strategy.

“We give our best if the owner is here or if he is not there,” said the Chelsea manager. “If he is not here, I know that he will watch us close and follow close.

“We put on a show on a daily basis – and by show, I mean hard work – to make him happy and to entertain him and all our supporters who are in the stadium.

“It is a big game, we need everybody in the stadium full on. We need ourselves to be on top level and this is what we do. If he is there we are super happy but we will not change our approach.”

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