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Incoming Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel risks getting off on wrong foot with Tottenham comments

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Thomas Tuchel is set to be appointed as Chelsea’s next manager with Frank Lampard facing the sack today.

The Blues legend is set to pay the price for a miserable run of form with former Paris Saint-Germain boss Tuchel primed to take over.

Tuchel will inherit a talented Stamford Bridge squad and be tasked with bringing the best out of some big-money summer signings after a tough adjustment period under Lampard.

But he may well have got off on the wrong foot with fans of his new club after comments made regarding their local rivals, Tottenham.

Back in 2016, Tuchel travelled to north London whilst he was Borussia Dortmund manager to take on Spurs in the Europa League.



Thomas Tuchel talking on a cell phone: Thomas Tuchel previously commented on his love for Tottenham when growing up in Germany


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Thomas Tuchel previously commented on his love for Tottenham when growing up in Germany

And he admitted that he used to pretend to play as Tottenham as a youngster growing up in Germany dreaming of a career in football.

“As a little kid, in my garden, when I played [football] I was always [playing] as a team from the Bundesliga but there was one game when I played as Tottenham Hotspur because I liked the name so much,” he said.

“I didn’t have a picture and I didn’t know they played in London so to play them in two legs was very special. What I didn’t know as a kid is what I felt today and yesterday, that there are so many friendly people here.

“The coaching staff and the staff in the stadium and dressing room and benches and so on, was unbelievable. Such great support and atmosphere, so many friendly people, they made us feel welcome.

“Thanks a lot and best of luck to the club.”

The comments could now come back to haunt him as he takes on the Chelsea job with a historic rivalry between the two neighbouring clubs.

Jose Mourinho infamously claimed he would never manage Spurs whilst he was Chelsea manager before going on to join their rivals last year.

“I will never manage Tottenham”, the Portuguese manager said in 2015.

“I will not accept the job because I love the Chelsea fans too much.”

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