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What Thomas Tuchel told Chelsea youth staff in first meeting

Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January 2021 (Picture: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel reportedly got the German beers in for his first meeting with Chelsea’s youth staff as he told them his plans for the younger players.

The former PSG boss was appointed Chelsea boss on an 18-month contract in January to replace club legend Frank Lampard following a difficult run of results.

Picking up a team mid-season is never easy but Tuchel successfully guided the Blues to an FA Cup final and European glory in the Champions League after just a few months in charge.

Following Tuchel’s appointment, there were concerns among some the new boss would strip back the number of youth players involved in the first team having previously been given chances under Lampard.

Shortly after taking charge, Tuchel called a meeting with his staff at the club’s Cobham training ground, many of who worked with the academy players.

According to The Athletic, he asked one member of staff to get the drinks in with his own personal preference said to be ‘strong, German beer.’

Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel is keen to give younger players a chance at the Blues (Picture: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Those employees bracing themselves for a list of orders and tactics from Tuchel over how he wanted to build his squad were said to be left pleasantly surprised by his calm-mannered approach.

The 48-year-old made it clear he was keen to be involved with keeping tabs on the younger players’ development in the squad and certainly wouldn’t be shutting off the pathway to their route to the first team.

The importance of the youth teams was made clear when Tuchel asked a former member of Lampard’s backroom staff, Joe Edwards, to stay on and be part of his own team.

This season Tuchel has already made clear Trevoh Chalobah, a product of Chelsea’s academy, will be given his chance to impress.

Trevoh Chalobah scored on his Premier League debut for Chelsea (Picture: Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Chalobah was handed his Premier League debut on the opening day of the season and scored in the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel has not shied away from his views on bringing through younger players and last month affirmed his stance on the important role the academy plays at Chelsea.

‘The door is always open. I love it, and I truly believe the supporters love it,’ he said.

‘The mix between big names from abroad, big personalities, and famous players with the academy guys is what makes a club special.

‘When you look at the photo when we raised the Champions League trophy (in May), there are so many boys from the academy in this photo.

‘That makes it special, and this is how it has to be. It is always about the mix.’

Chelsea look to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they host Aston Villa on Saturday.


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