Michael Ballack has backed Thomas Tuchel to define a new era at Chelsea.
Ballack said, “Personally, I wouldn’t say that he is hard to handle. I believe that Thomas Tuchel has precise ideas of how he wants to play and he communicates that.
“He has shown at PSG that he can work with tough characters. Some people might not have believed it at first. He reached the Champions League final and so forth. He has proven that he can reach the target at various levels.
“Chelsea is a completely new environment. I don’t think that he will get into a conflict with his superiors, as he can work fairly quiet. I know that from personal experience.
“Of course, the requirements are now a lot higher. As Frank had to find out. As long as he can win games, he can get himself some space. Maybe he’ll become the manager to implement his ideas in the long run, to maybe define an era at Chelsea.”
“Chelsea have to be criticised that they aren’t famous for their continuity regarding their managers. This is also due to the immense pressure from the club to have success, that is weighing down on everyone. Especially the coach,” said Ballack.
“With that budget and the investments that are made in form of player transfers, there is automatically a form of pressure.
“Frank suffered from that because he slipped out of these positions [the top four] temporarily. He was therefore directly under pressure and in return lost his job.
“After those transfers in the summer Chelsea were under pressure. Frank had to feel that. I believe that Frank is enough of a professional to know what he can expect when signing at his club, in which he was valued highly.”