Thomas Tuchel took over the managerial role in January and oversaw a rise up the Premier League table to a fourth-place finish.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel’s contract has been extended by two years, as confirmed by the club in an official statement. Tuchel helped the Blues record a triumph in the Champions League, having taken over the managerial role in January. He helped Chelsea register a fourth-place finish which seemed improbable at a certain point of time. While the finish in a Champions League spot was a boost, a triumph in the Champions League was certainly a massive feat.
Chelsea further reached the final of the FA Cup. The Blues were defeated by Leicester City in the final. However, an excellent all-round display in Porto against Manchester City would certainly have made amends.
“I cannot imagine a better occasion for a contract renewal. I am grateful for the experience and very happy to stay part of the Chelsea family. There is far more to come and we are looking forward to our next steps with ambition and much anticipation,” said Tuchel as quoted by Chelsea’s official website.
Team director Marina Granovskaia hailed Tuchel for slotting in “seamlessly”.
“When Thomas joined us in January there was still so much to play for domestically and in Europe. He slotted in seamlessly and immediately became an integral part of the Chelsea family. Returning us to the top four in the Premier League was crucial, and we could not be happier with our success in the Champions League which crowned a remarkable season at Chelsea,” she said.
“We are obviously extremely pleased therefore to retain Thomas for a further two years, and look forward to more achievements in the coming seasons,” added Marina.
Tuchel recorded 19 wins and only five defeats in 30 games in charge, with just 16 goals conceded. The German became the first manager to reach back-to-back Champions League finals with two different clubs.
Thiago Silva’s contract has further been extended by one year. The Brazilian’s first Chelsea campaign could scarcely have gone much better. Thiago featured 34 times in all competitions and scored twice.
While injury cut short the Brazilian’s time on the pitch in Porto in the Champions League final, he was still able to celebrate his maiden triumph in the competition at the age of 36.