Chelsea vs Wolves LIVE: Thomas Tuchel’s reign at Stamford Bridge begins as German boss takes charge of first game since taking over from Frank Lampard… plus all the updates from Burnley’s clash with Aston Villa
- Chelsea host Wolves at Stamford Bridge in early action tonight at 6pm GMT
- It will be Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge of the Blues since taking over
- The German boss succeeds Frank Lampard, who was sacked earlier this week
- UK viewers can watch clash live on BT Sport 1/Ultimate
- Latest Premier League news, live action and results can be found here
- Premier League table – as it stands
The start of a new era begins at Stamford Bridge tonight as Thomas Tuchel takes charge of his first Chelsea game following Frank Lampard’s swift dismissal earlier this week as the Blues host Wolves.
The German will be aiming to turn Chelsea’s form around, and quick, after the club dropped down the league ladder following a run of disappointing results which ultimately led to Lampard’s sacking.
Wolves haven’t been in the best of form themselves and will be desperate to spoil any welcoming party for the former PSG and Borussia Dortmund boss.
Elsewhere, Burnley welcome Aston Villa to Turf Moor for the other early evening Premier League kick-off.
Follow Sportsmail’s SAM McEVOY for live coverage of Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea including all the updates in the game at Turf Moor.
Wolves starting XI: Rui Patricio, Boly, Coady, Kilman, Nelson Semedo, Dendoncker, Neves, Ait Nouri, Daniel Podence, Traore, Pedro Neto
Subs: Hoever, Willian Jose, Silva, Vitinha, Ruddy, Cutrone, Saiss, Joao Moutinho, Otasowie
Chelsea starting XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Chilwell, Jorginho, Kovacic, Ziyech, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud
Subs: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Abraham, Pulisic, Werner, Zouma, Mount, James, Emerson Palmieri
But amid all of the fallout from Lampard’s dismissal, Tuchel reveals he could not turn down the opportunity to manage Chelsea
Thomas Tuchel said the chance at the Chelsea manager’s job was ‘too good an opportunity not to take’ as the German spoke for the first time since being announced as Frank Lampard’s successor.
Owner Roman Abramovich made the decision to make a change and Tuchel, who had been out of work since being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain in December, was a candidate who could start immediately.
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There was plenty of fallout over Lampard’s dismissal this week, but it appears Antonio Rudiger has been criticised for his role it
Antonio Rudiger is viewed as the ‘alpha-male’ in Chelsea’s dressing room and the player many feel Thomas Tuchel needs to get on side to make his spell in the Premier League a success.
The Germany international was heavily criticised for his role in the sacking of Frank Lampard on Monday having fallen out of favour for selection under the Englishman.
Detailed in the Daily Telegraph, Rudiger has been painted as the player who is most vocal in team meetings and is one of the louder voices in the dressing room during both good times and bad.
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It’s the calm before the storm at the Bridge. Kick-off (6pm) is just over an hour away but the teams are due to take to the pitch and begin their pre-match warm-ups in the next half-hour or so.
And it’s not just the fans that are shocked with the decision – Jurgen Klopp has taken a swipe at Roman Abramovich’s ‘successful or you’re out’ mantra
Jurgen Klopp took aim at Roman Abramovich’s ‘successful or you’re out’ policy towards his Chelsea managers following Frank Lampard’s sacking this week.
Though Klopp believes the former PSG boss has inherited a gift of a squad at Chelsea following their spending spree last summer, he believes the removal of Lampard was harsh.
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‘The circus continues’: Angry Chelsea fans protest Lampard’s sacking and let off blue smoke bombs outside Stamford Bridge ahead of tonight’s game
This wasn’t exactly the welcoming party Tuchel was expecting…
A section of fuming Blues fans have made their voices heard over the sacking of Frank Lampard earlier this week by turning up to Stamford Bridge with banners and smoke bombs just hours before kick-off.
And while the club felt the decision was necessary given their torrid run of five defeats in their last eight Premier League games, some fans appear less convinced and have protested outside the stadium.
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EARLY TEAM NEWS: Mason Mount to be DROPPED by Tuchel for his first game as Chelsea boss tonight, while Callum Hudson-Odoi starts at wing back and all THREE of Blues’ under-fire Germans are involved
Mason Mount will be left out of Thomas Tuchel’s first starting XI as Chelsea boss for the visit of Wolves tonight.
The Chelsea midfielder, who has started the club’s last 10 games, captained the side in Frank Lampard’s final game in charge – the 3-1 win against Luton on Sunday in the FA Cup fourth round.
But the England international will be the first casualty of the Tuchel reign, as the ex-PSG boss readies himself for his first game in the Premier League, while Callum Hudson-Odoi will start.
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And welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea – the beginning of a new era at Stamford Bridge starts tonight!
The German’s arrival comes at the expense of club icon Frank Lampard, who was swiftly sacked as manager earlier on Monday, leaving Tuchel waiting in the wings to take over.
After being handed an 18-month contract and an already-stacked squad, Tuchel will be expected to get results straight away – and that will include a quick start against Wolves tonight.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men haven’t been in the best of form themselves, and will be hoping to spoil any welcoming party put on for Tuchel at the Bridge tonight.
Elsewhere, Burnley welcome Aston Villa to Turf Moor for an all-Claret affair in the other early evening kick-off in the Premier League.
Stay tuned for all the pre-match build-up and all the live coverage as it happens in both matches.
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