Olivier Giroud says Thomas Tuchel brought ‘serenity and confidence’ back to Chelsea after Frank Lampard’s sacking… as the German led them to Champions League glory
- Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager in January
- He turned their fortunes around and led them to the Champions League
- Giroud says Tuchel restored Chelsea’s confidence after Lampard’s departure
Former Chelsea star Olivier Giroud says Thomas Tuchel helped build the team’s confidence when he took over from Frank Lampard last season.
The German arrived at Chelsea midway through the season at a stage where the club was just ninth in the Premier League table.
Lampard was sacked in January and Tuchel helped turn their fortunes around by finishing in the top four and winning the Champions League with a 1-0 win over Manchester City.
Thomas Tuchel helped turn Chelsea’s fortunes around after being named manager
Olivier Giroud (left) has credited Tuchel for helping lead them to the Champions League
Giroud, who left the club in the summer and now plays for AC Milan, praised the impact Tuchel made.
He told tribal football: Tuchel brought peace and confidence back to the team by being successful.
“It’s always easier when you win games, so we built that confidence step by step, and with the philosophy of his game playing 3-4-3, with the great players we had, his ideas fit the team perfectly.” .
Frenchman believes Tuchel brought ‘serenity and confidence’ back to Stamford Bridge
Giroud has since left the club after joining Italian giants AC Milan in the summer
“I think we finished strong and solid, and in the end we qualified fourth and won the Champions League, so what more can you say.”
Giroud scored the crucial goal in a 1-0 win away from Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 clash with a stunning overhead kick.
The World Cup winner scored 39 goals in 119 appearances for Chelsea after joining London rivals Arsenal.
Chelsea have started the new season positively and are at the top of the rankings
Since then, he has made a solid start at AC Milan, scoring two goals in his five appearances to date.
Chelsea further strengthened their attacking line in the summer with the signing of Romelu Lukaku for £97.5 million from Inter Milan.
Tuchel’s side are at the top of the Premier League table after seven games this season, one point ahead of Liverpool.