Didn't see it coming: Thomas Tuchel on Jose Mourinho's Spurs exit

While Thomas Tuchel has mastered a brilliant turnaround at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho enjoyed less fortune.

Thomas Tuchel in a file photo. (Image credit: Twitter)
By Nilavro Ghosh | Apr 19, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us


As the Football world is still reeling after the developments with regard to a proposed European Super League (ESL), Chelsea gaffer Thomas Tuchel said that he did not foresee the sacking of former Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho. The German mentioned that it ‘never feels good’ to be sacked but it was not his job to comment on the sacking. Tuchel’s statement comes amidst rumours suggesting that he might be considering resignation over Chelsea signing up for the ESL. Reports suggest that Mourinho’s sacking has nothing to do with the proposed league, but solely based on results. However, outrage from former players and managers ever since the news of the league broke suggests that the Portuguese might have had a say in the matter.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said that the players who would take part in the European Super League would not be allowed to play in the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro Cup. The players would not be allowed to play for their national sides. “The players that will play in the Super League will be banned from playing in the World Cup and Euros. They will not be allowed to play for their national teams,” Ceferin said. 


There are a total of 12 clubs who have signed up as the founding members of the European Super League, and a further three clubs are set to join as per a statement from the league’s representatives. These twelve clubs are AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid., Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur. That means the top clubs from England, Italy and Spain. Other European giants like Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint Germain will not be part of the league as per reports.

The league’s first chairman would be Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who said that they would help Football at every level and take it to its rightful place in the world.

The league will be governed by the founding clubs, and they cannot be relegated. The league will reportedly be played with 20 clubs, including 15 founders and a further five who have to qualify based on merit. 

The move has come under extreme criticism by fans, pundits, former players, former managers, and even British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The outrage is primarily over how the tournament’s structure will ruin the global pyramid of Football and have a damaging effect on the development of the game from the grassroots level. 

Fans of England’s big six, especially Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, have expressed their dissatisfaction over the decision since they feel like the clubs are disregarding their history and fans, and as the country’s three most successful clubs, it is simply not right for them to support the move.



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