ENGLAND – New Chelsea head coach, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed that his predecessor Frank Lampard, messaged him after he was appointed.
Tuchel signed an 18-month deal to take charge at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
A little over 24 hours later, his first game ended in a 0-0 draw at home to Wolves.
The 47-year-old has now spoken about his respect for Lampard and the work he did at the club.
“I can assume it is a big, big disappointment for the fan base to see that Frank was sacked. I have the biggest respect. I was a huge fan of Frank as a player. It was a pure joy to watch him play and to see how he played, with the personality he played.
“It just got bigger when I received a personal message today in the morning to wish me all the best and maybe meet in the future when this is possible.
“Honestly, nothing has changed there. In the last 72 hours, Chelsea made clear to me that this is not my fault and I cannot change the situation for him. The decision was made and I was handed the opportunity, but I mean what I say,” Tuchel said.