Chelsea fired Thomas Tuchel less than 24 hours after losing to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.
But there are rumors that the defeat to the Croatia Champions was just the surface of it as the new owners felt their interest did not align with Thomas Tuchel after backing him with over €250 million in the summer transfer window.
The Gabonese international was one player that Chelsea bought in on the deadline day of the summer transfer, along with Zakaria. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has a very strong relationship with Thomas Tuchel and was influential in his decision to join Chelsea from Barcelona.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that Thomas Tuchel looked frustrated and sad after Chelsea sacked him.
What did Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang say about the sacking of Thomas Tuchel?
Speaking after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with RB Salzburg in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge, the 33-year-old said: “Everyone knows the relationship that I have with Thomas.
“It’s obviously sad when someone leaves the club and obviously, I only saw him for a few days. But this is football and when you play football, you have to adapt quickly and in some moments in the season, this can happen.
“I think he [Tuchel] was a bit frustrated and sad. Obviously, I will try to talk to him as soon as possible.”
Reacting to Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Salzburg, the former Barcelona striker said: “We are a bit sad because I think we deserved the win today.
“I think he [Potter] is a really positive person and a great character. We will try to learn with him and to win as soon as possible.
“I think his ideas are very clear, so I think it’s going to be easy. It takes time to adapt to each other, but I think it’s going to be ok.”
Meanwhile, Jorginho has also revealed how the Chelsea players reacted to the sacking of Thomas Tuchel.
The Chelsea skipper at a press conference said: “It was a surprise, of course, for everyone. But then what has been said between the players will stay there. [We] have games coming, and life is quick, isn’t it? It’s fast, and we don’t have much time to stay there and think again and again and again. We talked, and now we need to focus and concentrate on what we need to do.”
“[We] are a team. It’s not one person responsible for what happened with the team and the group on the pitch. Everyone is responsible. It is our responsibility as well for what happened.”
He also added that the team is adapting to their new manager.
We are adapting to the new coach. We are very excited to work with him and his staff. The first few days have been very good. [He’s] come in with an idea [and] we just need to try and understand what he expects from us and try to do the best way we can do it. [He] has been doing that very well, asking if we feel comfortable with what he is proposing.
“[He] is a humble coach but with a really good way of working, and I think he has this challenge, and I believe he is going to do very well because he has good ideas and a group of players who are ready to try to do the best they can, and listen to what he asks. It is a good combination for good results.”
“[He] is a good coach, and I think this new challenge is not just for us, it is for him. As we always do, we try to help everyone, and I think he is well prepared for what’s coming. It is going to be a new experience for him, and I think he will like it a lot.”