Chelsea made history this summer following a summer spending spree, where the blues spent over £280 million. The most spending by any club in a single summer transfer window.
The new Chelsea owners, led by Todd Boehly seem to have backed Thomas Tuchel in the transfer window with all these new players only to sack him just five games into the season.
Antonio Rudiger enjoyed one of his best forms in his career under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea. He helped Chelsea win the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
However, Antonio Rudiger has revealed that he was surprised to hear Thomas Tuchel got sacked by Chelsea and also disclosed that he called Tuchel after he the held the news that he was sacked.
What did Antonio Rudiger say about Thomas Tuchel’s sacking?
Reacting to Thomas Tuchel’s sacking, Antonio Rudiger said on Sports 1, saying: “They let him get new players only to then let him go after a few games. I was surprised at the speed. The day of his release was a sad one for me. I wrote to him afterward & thanked him for everything.
“If you look at where we came from and where he took us, he did the impossible. But you know how it is in football. Sometimes you’re the hero, sometimes the bogeyman.”
The German international joined Real Madrid this summer on a free transfer after running down his contract at Chelsea.
Rudiger added: ‘At Chelsea, I had to learn it the hard way.
“I was always ready to play and luckily Thomas Tuchel, a coach, came along who put his faith in me and showed me that I was an important player for him.
“I’m doing it (step-overs) because I think I’m faster that way. If people find that amusing, I like to laugh along with them.
“Many will remember the scene you mentioned in Chelsea’s game against Newcastle last season.
“I’ll be honest: I deliberately made a few mistakes because it was just too quiet in the stadium for me during this game. I wanted to wake people up with it.”
Meanwhile, Christian Pulisic has also revealed the dispute he had with Thomas Tuchel over selection.
The American international wrote in his book titled My journey so far, saying: “What happened before that [second leg] was hugely disappointing for me.
“I’d had a really good first leg performance and our following match was against Fulham in the league.
“Tuchel told me that he was resting me for the second leg and, as a result, I didn’t play a single minute in the Fulham game.
“Then on match day… Tuchel tells me he’s changed his mind, and he’s going with Kai [Havertz].
“I honestly was dumbfounded and very disappointed. I thought that I’d earned a start and, most importantly, he had assured me previously I was going to start.
“So by the time he brought me on with about 25 minutes left, I was just so wound up.”