Chelsea sacking Thomas Tuchel is bad news for three stars

Thomas Tuchel sacked by Chelsea

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Chelsea sacked Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday morning, just hours after they had suffered their third defeat of the season at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb. The Blues were beaten 1-0 in the Champions League by their Croatian opponents following early-seasons losses against Leeds and Southampton in Premier League.

The sacking came as somewhat of a shock as the German had enjoyed a compelling reign in the capital, leading Chelsea to Champions League glory just four months after he had arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2021. And he backed that up last season by overseeing Club World Cup success and a run to the finals of the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup. But after a downturn in fortunes at the start of this campaign, the new owners wielded the axe.

Chelsea players will now be wondering what sort of manager club chiefs will be looking to bring in. And Express Sport takes a look at three players who could be stunted by Tuchel’s departure and four stars who could be set to benefit.

Bad news for Aubameyang, Silva and Azpilicueta?

Chelsea signed a whole host of players during the summer transfer window, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang putting pen-to-paper on a deal in west London on deadline day as he left Barcelona. Aubameyang has already proved he can cut it in the Premier League after enjoying a fecund four-year spell at Arsenal. But Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was so desperate to get him out of the Emirates Stadium that he allowed the Gabon international to tear up his contract and depart for free in January.

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Signing Aubameyang was a risk for the Blues, but Tuchel had worked with him at Borussia Dortmund and the duo had a strong relationship. But with a new manager at the helm, there may be concerns over the player’s temperament. And he may not become the star man he thought he would.

Thiago Silva is also another player who could suffer under a new boss. The centre-back turns 38 later this month and clearly has a limited time remaining at the top of the game. A new manager may want to build for the future straight away and turn his attention to youth. And that could limit Silva’s game time.

A new boss could also decide to play with two central defenders rather than the three Tuchel tended to utilise. And that would mean more competition for places at the heart of the backline. Cesar Azpilicueta, who is no longer a first-choice player, would therefore presumably feature on fewer occasions.

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Good news for Gallagher, Pulisic, Ziyech, Broja?

If a new manager does switch up the formation, he could decide to play three in midfield. That would provide a huge opportunity to Conor Gallagher, who enjoyed a productive loan spell at Crystal Palace last season. Gallagher could occupy the No 8 role under a new mentor and finally kick-start his career at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, the likes of Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech could get a chance to shine under Tuchel’s successor. The duo have both illustrated just how talented they are on their day but fell out of favour under the German and struggled to muster starting places.

And Armando Broja could finally be thrust into the spotlight to lead the frontline when the west London giants appoint a new man to take the club forward. Broja did well during his temporary stint with Southampton last time around – and if the new manager doesn’t fancy Aubameyang, Broja could be in line for a string of starts, where he’ll be looking to rack-up the goals.

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