The pair worked together at Borussia Dortmund and will go head-to-head on Wednesday night when Tuchel’s Chelsea welcome Aubameyang’s Arsenal to Stamford Bridge.
Aubameyang banged in 79 goals in 95 appearances under Tuchel at Dortmund and the German manager attempted to sign him for Paris Saint-Germain during his spell there.
And he remains very fond of the ‘fantastic’ striker, even if he did occasionally arrive late to training.
‘Back in the days at Dortmund, it was a pure pleasure to have him in the squad,’ said Tuchel.
‘Auba was a fantastic striker, a fantastic finisher on the pitch. But, more than that, he was a fantastic worker off the pitch.
‘I think he did not miss one single training in two years. Maybe he arrived five minutes late on the training ground, that can happen with him! But if he does this, he is in a hurry, he feels sorry, he still has a smile on his face.
‘It was a very reliable relationship because he delivered an unbelievable amount of goals, his speed was unique in the Bundesliga and he was a crucial player. A bit of a crazy guy, but nice crazy.
‘We still are in touch and exchange messages when one of us has a big win. In some ways, he will still always be my player, so I want him to succeed and have a good time wherever he is.
‘This contact never fully stopped and it’s nice to see him because he’s always on for a hug and it’s nice to see him laugh. But, of course, we want to stop him and there is no exchange now before the game.’
Asked if Aubameyang should have won more in his career, he replied: ‘Yeah, because he is a winner.
‘We won the cup together in Dortmund. I never had a feeling that he lacks a certain edge in his mentality about wanting to win stuff.
‘But, clearly, he cannot do it alone and he also needs a top squad to play in to compete at the highest level.’
While Tuchel is a fan of the Gabon international, he suggested the pair would not be working together in the future, adding: ‘Well he does not get younger, that’s the problem.’
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