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What is the situation that awaits Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea?

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Thomas Tuchel has become Chelsea's 15th manager under owner Roman Abramovich.
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Thomas Tuchel is Chelsea’s 15th manager under owner Roman Abramovich. Here, the PA news agency looks at the situation facing the Blues’ first German head coach.

Who is Thomas Tuchel?

Thomas Tuchel is the new man at the helm at Stamford Bridge (Martin Rickett/PA)

He’s the 47-year-old former Borussia Dortmund and Paris St Germain manager, whose middling professional career as a central defender was ended by injury aged just 25.

Why has he taken over at Chelsea?

Frank Lampard lost his job on Monday (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Chelsea sacked their former midfielder and club record goalscorer Frank Lampard on Monday, with the Blues having slipped to ninth place in the Premier League table. Tuchel is the man charged with pulling off an immediate return to form.

What is expected of the new man at Stamford Bridge?

The Blues were together in the win over Luton on Sunday (Nick Potts/PA)

Champions League qualification as a bare minimum, so a top-four Premier League finish. In truth Chelsea’s board expect Tuchel to create a harmony and rhythm in the Blues’ bloated squad that Lampard had struggled with this season.

Why only an 18-month contract?

Tuchel was at the helm at Borussia Dortmund for two years (Nick Potts/PA)

Tuchel has a history of clashing with club hierarchies, insisting he wants to coach and not play politics. Managing up is just as important as managing down at Chelsea though. A short contract allows an easy exit for either party, but also the option to extend at any point.

When will Tuchel get started?

He already has, having taken training on Tuesday night. And he will be in the dugout for Wednesday’s Premier League match against Wolves at Stamford Bridge.

What are the biggest early hurdles facing the new boss?

Getting the best out of the Chelsea players will be a challenge for Tuchel (Nick Potts/PA)

Tuchel must heal the wounds that always follow a managerial exit, bond a divided squad – and then on the pitch tighten up the Blues’ defence and instil a clear tactical identity.

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2Manchester UnitedMan Utd25147453322149
3Leicester CityLeicester26154745301549
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham2613674031945
5Chelsea25127641251643
6Liverpool25117745341140
7Everton2412483733440
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs25116840271339
9Aston Villa24123938261239
10Arsenal26114113427737
11Leeds UnitedLeeds26112134344-135
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2697102733-634
13Crystal Palace2696112943-1433
14Southampton2586113143-1230
15Burnley2677121833-1528
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton26511102633-726
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2675142744-1726
18Fulham26411112132-1123
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2638152055-3517
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2532201541-2611
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