REVEALED: Chelsea’s players ‘discussed Thomas Tuchel’s private life – and how he had a younger girlfriend after his marriage collapsed’ as dressing room discontent spread before he was fired
Thomas Tuchel’s private life played a part in his downfall at Chelsea as the players discussed his failed marriage and his new girlfriend in the dressing room, according to reports.
Tuchel was sacked just seven games into the 2022-2023 Premier League campaign and 100 days into Todd Boehly’s reign after taking over £4.25bn from Roman Abramovich.
The German manager is said to have lost the confidence of the Chelsea squad because of his private life, difficult qualities and erratic behavior – according to The independent.
Thomas Tuchel’s private life (above) is said to have played a role in his downfall at Chelsea
Tuchel’s private life is said to play a role in his dismissal as it changed the players’ perception of him.
In April 2022, Tuchel and his wife Sissi announced that they were divorcing after 13 years of marriage. Friends of the couple said they had “exhausted all possibilities” and that there was no hope of a reconciliation.
As a result, the couple filed for divorce and officially split in May after a London High Court judge granted their request.
It didn’t take long for Tuchel to get over his marriage as he was pictured on July 28 with his new Brazilian girlfriend, Natalie Max. The pair were seen relaxing on the boat in Sardinia before returning to their private £20,000-per-night villa.
In April, Tuchel (L) and his now ex-wife Sissi (R) announced that they were getting a divorce
The couple were married for 13 years and have two children, but decided to split up
It is thought that the new couple’s romance blossomed during dates at an Italian restaurant in West London and continued from there.
Tuchel’s relationship with Max is said to have contributed to his downfall at Chelsea. The team is said to have discussed how his marriage had broken down and the fact that he had a younger girlfriend.
According to The Independent, this changed the squad’s perception of their manager. However, it is not the only reason why Tuchel lost control of the dressing room at Chelsea.
Tuchel has been seen with his new girlfriend Natalie Max (pictured in 2017) on holiday in Sardinia
Tuchel’s difficult traits and erratic behavior also played a part in his downfall
The players lost confidence in his vision for the club and his tactics for the squad. He was no longer considered the “genius” who led them to Champions League glory.
In addition, Tuchel’s difficult qualities and erratic behavior played a part in his downfall at Chelsea. The German manager would often be guilty of changing his mind.
A source within the Chelsea camp told The Independent that Tuchel would ‘say one thing and then complain when it was done’. They said this was because Tuchel would struggle with the pressure to make decisions.
The 49-year-old was happy to have ‘influence’ within the club, but made it clear that he did not want too much responsibility. This could explain why Chelsea’s transfer activity has been so erratic this summer.
Brighton have given Chelsea permission to discuss their leadership role with Potter
As a result, the Chelsea hierarchy have made the decision to remove Tuchel from his role as manager of the club and pay him £13million and his backroom staff an additional £2million to leave.
Chelsea are now taking a step ahead of their number 1 pick Graham Potter – rated as one of the best emerging managers in England. The Brighton boss is expected to meet Boehly soon for talks about the role.
Getting him out of the Amex Stadium could be expensive, however, with sources indicating Brighton would owe at least £10million from Chelsea.