The Chelsea squad seems divided over Thomas Tuchel’s departure and many players are taking to social media to pay tribute — but not all Blues stars have posted after he was fired yesterday.
Reece James, Wesley Fofana and Raheem Sterling were some of the first Blues stars to pay tribute after new owner Todd Boehly fired the German coach just seven games into the season, and 100 days into his reign since he replaced Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea are sixth in the Premier League and have had a miserable start to their Champions League campaign, with Tuchel leading his 100th game hours after their humiliating 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb.
Chelsea squad appear divided over Thomas Tuchel departure, while players still remain silent
Reece James also shared a tweet of him and Tuchel sharing a hug with the caption ‘thanks’
Raheem Sterling also posted a tribute to Tuchel who wrote ‘Thank you Boss’
It wasn’t just those three who paid tribute to the 2021 Champions League winning head coach, as goalkeeper duo Kepa Arrizabalaga and Edouard Mendy were eager to thank him.
Mendy posted multiple photos with the German on his Instagram story with one of them saying, “Thanks for everything sir.”
Fellow goalkeeper Kepa also wrote on his story: ‘Thank you for all the moments together. All the best.’
Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy posted several photos with the German on his Instagram story
Fellow goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga also posted some reminders with the caption: ‘Thank you for all the moments together. All the best.’
Defenders Ben Chilwell, Trevor Chalobah, Cesar Azpilicueta and Kalidou Koulibaly also showed their respect for Tuchel.
Left back Chilwell wrote: ‘Thank you for the great memories from the coach.
Youngster Chalobah, who broke through to the Chelsea first team under Tuchel, simply posted on his Instagram story: “Thank you coach.
Captain Azpilicueta also chimed in by posting, “Thanks for everything, sir. Wishing you all the best.
New summer signing from Napoli, Koulibaly said: ‘Thank you maestro.’
Mason Mount, Jorginho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mateo Kovacic were the other team members who took to social media.
England international Mount posted a photo of former boss Tuchel hugging him from the sidelines: “Thanks for everything, Gaffer.
Italian midfielder Jorginho opted for a hug and a photo of two shaking hands with the caption: ‘Thank you for everything.
England international Mount posted a photo with former boss Tuchel and said: ‘Thank you’
Kovacic also posted a photo of him being hugged by Tuchel, captioning it: “It was a pleasure learning and working with you and your staff. Thanks, boss.
Loftus-Cheek went for a series of photos on his story with the words, ‘Thanks for everything, Coach. Wishing you all the best.’
German striker Kai Havertz joined in a bit late, but posted a photo on the Champions League winners’ parade this morning with Tuchel and said: ‘Thank you.’
Kai Havertz posted a photo at the Champions League winning parade with the former boss
However, there were many suggestions that Tuchel had many deteriorating relationships with players on his team, perhaps showing 11 of the squad remained silent 24 hours after his departure.
Those players include out-of-favor stars Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Armando Broja and Conor Gallagher, who have struggled so far this season to win regular minutes or find their way onto the team.
A handful of new summer signings from the club have also remained silent, which is probably unsurprising given the lack of time they’ve played under the former Borussia Dortmund manager.
11 of Chelsea stars are silent about Tuchel’s sacking, including Hakim Ziyech
American Christian Pulisic (pictured) is one of the wanton stars yet to post
Experienced defender Thiago Silva didn’t post himself, but his wife Isabelle Silva curiously posted on Twitter: ‘Thank you so much Thomas Tuchel for the many years of cooperation. You are a giant. Good luck in everything you do… always.”
Also goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, midfielder N’Golo Kante and new signings Marc Cucurella, Denis Zakaria, Carney Chukwuemeka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have all not posted about Tuchel’s departure.
However, it’s worth bearing in mind that some of those stars don’t necessarily use social media very often, including Ziyech and Kante, while Aubameyang was delighted to reunite with his former Dortmund boss when he agreed to his transfer from Barcelona on the transfer deadline day.
Thiago Silva didn’t post himself, but his wife Isabelle Silva strangely thanked him on Twitter
Tuchel is leaving after leading Chelsea to UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup victory.
Tuchel arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2021 to replace Frank Lampard and got off to a flying start by winning the Champions League in six months.
Last season Chelsea reached the finals of the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup, but lost to Liverpool both times. They also finished third in the Premier League.
In his first 50 games, they conceded just 24 goals and Tuchel was recognized for the impact he made.
In a bid to bridge the gap with champions Manchester City and Liverpool, Chelsea’s new owner invested heavily over the summer, a record-breaking sum for a Premier League club of more than £260 million.
But Chelsea have had a stuttering start to Saturday’s game against Fulham and have already lost three times this season, all away from home in Southampton, Leeds and Tuesday in Zagreb.
In his last 50 games, they have conceded 53 goals, a sign of a defensive failure hampering their trophy prospects.
Sports post revealed that Tuchel will receive £13million in severance pay, and a further £2million to his backroom staff.
Graham Potter has since verbally agreed a contract to become Chelsea’s new manager and he is expected to take position in the dugout for Saturday’s game against Fulham.