‘Honestly, nothing has changed there but in the last 72 hours the club made it clear to me that this is not my fault, and I cannot change the situation for him. The decision was made and I was handed the opportunity.’
Tuchel was also questioned on whether he is concerned about his job security in his new role. He replied yes and no and pointed how grateful he is to be able to work at a club at this level. He understands what comes with it.
‘If you sign for Chelsea you sign for the hunger of titles, you sign for being absolutely competitive in every competition you play,’ he noted.
‘It does not scare me, we have big ambition and me myself, I have the biggest ambitions. I am very excited about the mixture of the team and the structure of the club and the first days were amazing. I am absolutely aware that at some point everybody expects results, but I am doing that myself.’
Widening the debate on the mixture of the team and the make-up of the squad, and with the mid-season transfer window soon to close, Tuchel considered whether there is a need for new signings.
‘It is hard for me to judge right now,’ he said. ‘We have now one game and two training sessions and I am very happy with what I see so far, the performance, the attitude and the talent and potential.
‘I think the squad is not too big. N’Golo Kante came back today so we have 22 players plus the goalkeepers for our programme in the three competitions. Absolutely not too much.