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Thomas Tuchel’s deputy sends Chelsea message following UEFA Champions League RB Salzburg draw

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Thomas Tuchel’s deputy sends Chelsea message following UEFA Champions League RB Salzburg draw

Some Chelsea supporters are still absorbing Thomas Tuchel’s dismissal as the Graham Potter era began with a Champions League draw against RB Salzburg at Stamford Bridge.

“You have to look at the football club here. The tradition, the quality, the size of the club, the ambition of the club to compete in the Champions League and compete at the top of the Premier League. It’s a completely different challenge from the one I’ve had,” Potter said on the decision to replace the Champions League-winning manager.

“I had three fantastic years at Brighton, an amazing football club, but I am thankful to the ownership here for putting their trust and belief in me to work with an exciting group of players to be competitive and put a team on the pitch that our supporters are really proud of. I’m very excited, as you can imagine, and looking forward to getting going.”

With these pre-match quotes in mind, Tuchel’s successor endured the same issues the German did during the latter stages of his tenure, as the Blues were wasteful in attack against Salzburg, surrendering more points in Group E as the west Londoners face an uphill climb to qualify for the knockout round.

Sitting at the bottom of the table with a single point from their first two games, a doubleheader against AC Milan looms with points required from these two contests to maintain Champions League qualification aspirations.

“We can’t lie, it’s not the position we want to be in, but we have to respond. It’s as simple as that. It’s going to be a tough group, I think, but there is enough quality in the team and squad that we can respond, and we have to look forward to those two games,” Potter concluded on what must happen next in his post-match press conference.

Europa League football might be staring the former Brighton manager in the face, which may not be the worst case scenario for his objectives, given that past managers such as Rafa Benitez and most recently Maurizio Sarris had great success in this tournament.

In addition to the supporters, Tuchel and his squad will keep a close eye on what transpires between now and the end of the season, both domestically and in Europe.

In reality, one of Tuchel’s aides attended the match on Wednesday evening and sent a message to the fans.

In response, Arno Michels posted the following on his Instagram story: “Yesterday’s game against Salzburg, minute 21..”

Michels was referring to the loud and raucous support directed at Tuchel by the fans, who were constantly chanting his name throughout the proceedings to show their appreciation and support for the now-defunct regime.

Michels concluded his message: “Thanks to all supporters for this emotional moment [followed by a blue heart emoji.]”

Thomas Tuchel’s deputy sends Chelsea message following UEFA Champions League RB Salzburg draw

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