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Tuchel gushes over chat with ‘legend’ Rio Ferdinand and explains ‘toughest’ year

Thomas Tuchel has gushed over an interview with ‘legend’ Rio Ferdinand, and opened up about the toughest periods of his career.

The Chelsea boss met the former Manchester United and England defender for a talk about his career, and admitted some of his previous encounters with Ferdinand didn’t turn out well.

Tuchel was full of praise for Ferdinand

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Tuchel was full of praise for Ferdinand

And Ferdinand was flattered

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And Ferdinand was flattered

Tuchel, a former defender himself, couldn’t hide his delight at being interviewed by Ferdinand despite him being bad luck before.

Discussing their meeting when United performed a comeback win over Paris Saint-Germain in 2019, the German manager said: “That time I have to say it was not good luck for us.

“You were a lucky charm for your former team Man United. But I think we met after when we had our campaign going to the final with Paris and I think even here with Chelsea.

“It’s always a pleasure to see you, I cannot believe to stand with a legend like you and talk about football.”

Ferdinand was also in attendance as a pundit when PSG made the Champions League final in 2020, and again in 2021 when Tuchel’s Chelsea beat Manchester City to claim the trophy.

Much has changed for the Blues since then with long-term owner Roman Abramovich selling the club due to his ties with Russian president Vladimir Putin, causing plenty of instability at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel has had a difficult 2022 with a change of owners

Tuchel has had a difficult 2022 with a change of owners

Tuchel talked about the change to new owner Todd Boehly, and was asked if it had been one of the toughest moments of his career.

“Yeah because it feels like the club is in transition and the team is in transition,” he said.

“You lose key players, you lose one of your captains in the dressing room with Toni Rudiger, you lose a high potential player with Andreas Christensen and they were together with Thiago Silva the core and the heart and the foundation of our squad.

Tuchel lost Rudiger to Real Madrid and Christensen to Barcelona and has since spent the most money in Europe during the summer window


Tuchel lost Rudiger to Real Madrid and Christensen to Barcelona and has since spent the most money in Europe during the summer window

“It’s a roller coaster, that’s a good explanation for it, we came in the next day [after sanctions were put on Abramovich] and it was the match against Wolverhampton and from there we tried to win the race for top four because we came in ninth place and the focus was full on achieving that.

“As a side effect we were like the outsiders and we made it, we caught a run and had huge success.

“A crazy half a year with sanctions, and not knowing if we can travel, if we can sign players, losing players due to the sanctions and then having a change of ownership which was quite an intense summer and it’s not getting boring.

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“We have a new ownership and now it’s another kind of demand, this ring of communication is new, it’s not worse, it’s not better, it’s just new and everything needs to adapt and it’s exciting but sometimes also very demanding and time consuming.”

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