Emmanuel Petit Exclusive: Tuchel Should Stay At Chelsea
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Emmanuel Petit Exclusive: Tuchel Should Stay At Chelsea

Former Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes Blues boss Thomas Tuchel should remain at Stamford Bridge despite rumoured interest from Manchester United.Ralf Rangnick’s appointment as Red Devils interim manager has not been a roaring success. United are still within touching distance of a Champions League spot but require results to go in their favour. Part of the deal which brought Rangnick to Old Trafford meant he would step back at the season’s end and into a consultancy role. His successor has yet to be identified with Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag most heavily linked. But Tuchel has also been mooted as a potential option due to the uncertainty around Chelsea.


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Not Convinced About United Move

However, speaking exclusively to Genting, Petit quashed suggestions the German could swap Chelsea for United.

He said: “Tuchel could go to Manchester United, but when things start to be difficult, you can see that he changes. He has some difficulties handling the pressure sometimes. With Manchester United, the pressure would be higher there than at Chelsea. 

“That could be an option, but I’m not really convinced by that. Manchester United need someone who can unite the dressing and I’m not sure Tuchel is a better manager to maximise and get a different mentality into that dressing room.”

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Lukaku Issue Ongoing

Tuchel was initially praised for his handling of Romelu Lukaku following the now-infamous interview he gave last year. The pair cleared the air but the Belgian has found his minutes in the first-team limited and this has given the Blues a £97.5million problem. 

According to Petit, this is one of the reasons former Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel is not the right man for the Old Trafford job.

He said: “You can see he’s having trouble with some players and it’s normal in the dressing room during the season, but when it happens [with Tuchel] it stays for weeks and months between the players. 

“Can someone explain to me what’s going on between Tuchel and Romelu Lukaku? I don’t understand it. 

“But when he arrived at Chelsea, some players were not playing enough games, like Antonio Rudiger and he’s now one of the best defenders in the Premier League. So there needs to be a balance.”

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Internal Politics Nothing New For Tuchel 

Internal politics and disagreements with players are nothing new for Tuchel, though.

Petit continued: “When Tuchel was in Paris, he was not in control of the dressing room and its big stars. He started to have trouble with the press, fans and some players. All of sudden, everything went down.”

The way he handles situations with players leads to more scrutiny when results aren’t going Chelsea’s way, and we’re seeing this now at Stamford Bridge. 

“His spell at Chelsea started brilliantly with winning the Champions League. I think he’s a very good manager, but sometimes he’s looking for too much to make an impact on his team. Tactically, sometimes, you don’t understand what he’s doing because against Brentford I didn’t understand his tactics.”



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