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Thomas Tuchel’s chances of Chelsea return rated as PSG ready to accept mistakes



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Thomas Tuchel was sacked by Chelsea last September due to not aligning with the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership and he has been searching for his next opportunity ever since.

“When you take over any business you just have to make sure you’re aligned with the people who are operating the business,” said Boehly last September at the SALT Conference.

“I think Tuchel is obviously extremely talented and someone who had great success with Chelsea. Our vision for the club was finding a manager who really wanted collaborate with us, a coach who really wanted to collaborate.

“And the reality of our decision was that we just weren’t sure that Thomas saw the same way we saw. No one’s right or wrong, it’s just we didn’t share a vision for the future. It wasn’t about soccer, it was really about the shared vision for what we wanted Chelsea Football Club to look like. It wasn’t a decision that was made as a result of a single win or loss. It was a decision that was made really about what we thought was the right vision for the club.”

Despite getting heavy transfer backing last summer, a 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb proved to be Tuchel’s final game in charge of Chelsea, ending a tenure which saw the club win the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup.

It was a decision which didn’t go down well with fans at Stamford Bridge, and Tuchel expressed his sadness shortly after his departure.

He wrote: “This is one of the most difficult statements I have ever had to write – and it is one which I hoped I would not need to do for many years. I am devastated that my time at Chelsea has come to an end.

“This is a club where I felt at home, both professionally and personally. Thank you so much to all the staff, the players and the supporters for making me feel very welcome from the start.

“The pride and joy I felt at helping the team to win the Champions League and the Club World Cup will stay with me forever. I am honoured to have been a part of this club’s history and the memories of the last 19 months will always have a special place in my heart.”

The 49-year-old was replaced by Graham Potter but the form has continued in the Premier League this season. Chelsea have won just two of their last 14 matches, seeing them down in 10th place and well off the pace – 11 points to be exact – for a finish in the top four to clinch Champions League football next term.

Potter is under increasing pressure over his future at Stamford Bridge despite receiving another round of backing from the hierarchy following their 1-0 defeat to bottom-of-the-table Southampton on Saturday.

Chelsea were booed off in the capital and many have started to turn against the 47-year-old, wanting a change of manager after just five months.

Tuchel’s connection with Chelsea will forever remain and because he is yet to take up a new position since leaving the Blues, many are holding on to the club bringing him back, an outcome which just isn’t going to happen.

As reported by Nizaar Kinsella, ‘a return is thought to be impossible with the continued backing of Potter and after the new owners grew frustrated with the German’s approach to their proposed working culture’.

However, one club who he could return to is PSG, the place he was at before being sacked and joining Chelsea in 2021.

Nizaar Kinsella also reports that the French side are ready to re-appoint him and ‘would be willing to admit their mistake in sacking him in the first place’.

Christophe Galtier has started to frustrate the PSG hierarchy and now the Ligue 1 outfit are prepared to ‘sound out’ Tuchel over a return to the Parc des Princes.

Whether Tuchel would be open to a return to France remains unclear, but PSG are ready to put the past behind them to reunite with the German.

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