Chelsea on Tuesday appointed Thomas Tuchel as the club’s head coach on an 18-month contract.
The 47-year-old German replaces Frank Lampard, who was sacked by club owner, Roman Abramovich, following the club’s dismal performance in the 2021/2022 season.
“I cannot wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football. I am grateful to be part of the Chelsea family,” Tuchel, 47, said.
The former Borrusia Dortmund and PSG manager is tasked with hauling the underperforming Blues back into the UEFA Champions League next season.
“We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea,” added Tuchel.
The German becomes the 11th full-time manager appointed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich since the billionaire bought the club in 2003.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia described Tuchel as “one of Europe’s best coaches” adding that “there is still much to play for and much to achieve, this season and beyond”.
He will be in the dugout at Stamford Bridge for Wednesday’s Premier League meeting with Wolves.