Patrick Kelechi, Lagos – Decision taken over the course of the last 100 days since ownership took charge, and would have been taken regardless of the result against Dinamo Zagreb last night. So not about results but wider issues.


It is understood that Tuchel lost the confidence of the players and the board in recent times and had become less communicative with both groups

Chelsea need a manager who is for the long-term who buys into the collaborative culture and has focus and determination to take the club to the next level.


Part of that is developing not only young, but all players in the squad, which it was felt was not happening

New signings were down to collaboration of board and Tuchel, so not right to say that they were all Tuchel targets, and he became less involved as time went on.


An interim coaching staff will be appointed from within the club, but Chelsea hope to make a swift appointment as Tuchel’s replacement


“Thomas Tuchel initially improved Chelsea from 12th place on Gracenote’s Euro Club Index to the fifth best team in Europe, but the Blues have been falling for some time now since recording their best ECI rating under him in March 2022.


“Since then, they have dropped steadily and are no longer near to Manchester City or Liverpool on our ranking. Chelsea are now seventh on the Euro Club Index, with even that spot under threat from Spain’s Atletico Madrid.


“The chance of Chelsea losing to Dinamo Zagreb was just 18%. Since March, Chelsea have suffered similar or even bigger ‘shock’ defeats against Brentford, Arsenal, Everton, Leeds United and Southampton. In the Champions League, last night’s defeat by Dinamo Zagreb was Chelsea’s worst in the competition since their 1-0 home defeat by Valencia in September 2019 and their third worst since 2010.”