Jose Mourinho explains why it is not “difficult to coach at Chelsea” as Tuchel heaps praise on ex-Blues manager

Jose Mourinho believes that managing Chelsea is not a difficult job — despite being sacked by them twice.

The Special One welcomes his former club and their new boss Thomas Tuchel to Tottenham for a London derby on Thursday.

t will be Tuchel’s first away match since he replaced the axed Frank Lampard last month.

Mourinho won two successive Premier League titles in his first spell at Chelsea after coming to England in 2004. He then won another in 2014-15 on his return to Stamford Bridge for a second stint.

He said: “I don’t think it’s very difficult to coach at Chelsea because I was champion there three times, Carlo Ancelotti was champion, Antonio Conte was champion.

“Who else? It cannot be very, very difficult because we win titles there.

“Of course a coach needs time and needs stability and it is a very good thing to feel stability.

“I’m not saying stability helps you sleep, I’m saying that stability gives you a different way of thinking and you are not just thinking about today, you are also thinking about tomorrow, you are also thinking about the future.”

Thomas Tuchel will make one giant leap for ‘manager-kind’ when he faces Jose Mourinho for the first time tonight.

Chelsea’s new German coach has come a long way from his days at Mainz 05 to compete against one of the world’s best across a dugout at Tottenham.

Tuchel said: “When I started my career he was so far away, like the Moon from the Earth. He could not be a role model at all.

“He is one of the best managers in the world. He creates a squad in Tottenham that is always very competitive, very strong. That will be the challenge.

“Jose is a winner and I want to implement the same in my teams.

“It’s very clear what he stands for. He builds competitive teams, he builds strong teams. He has built a Tottenham squad with characters like Sissoko and Hojbjerg who support the defence, super-competitive, disciplined hard-working guys.

“Up front normally it’s Son, Harry Kane, Bergwijn, Lamela, they have outstanding quality and speed.”

Chelsea receive transfer blow over pursuit of their prime target

Chelsea have suffered a transfer blow after it emerged target David Alaba has reportedly agreed a four-year deal with Real Madrid.

The 28-year-old’s contract with Bayern Munich expires in June and he has rejected the Bundesliga side’s offer to extend it.

Chelsea were confident they could lure Alaba to London after making Thomas Tuchel their new manager.

And the Blues were given a boost by Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge last week when he insisted he knew nothing of how advanced negotiations between the Austrian and Madrid were.

However, Marca now claims that Alaba’s future has already been sorted after he passed a medical examination with Los Blancos.

And the versatile star has reportedly signed a pre-contract agreement to move their this summer on a deal until 2025.

Thomas Tuchel reveals why he moved Callum Hudson-Odoi to wing-back

Chelsea boss has explained the rationale behind his decision to deploy Callum Hudson-Odoi to the right side of a five.

The 20-year-old was voted Man of the Match by Blues supporters in both the Wolves and Burnley games, impressing with his direct running, use of the extra space afforded him in a deeper position, and willingness to defend when required.

It remains to be seen whether Tuchel will continue with 3-4-2-1 at Tottenham tonight, but whatever shape he selects it will be tough to leave out Hudson-Odoi on current form.

Tuchel told Chelsea website that: “I didn’t know he hadn’t played wing-back before.

“Maybe it was a good thing I didn’t ask because maybe I would have doubted my decision!

“We just had one training session before the Wolves game. We were flying in on the same day and wondering what structure to implement to give the team a good feeling, and to have a solid block defensively but also to attack freely.

“To play with four you have to be very disciplined, and the automatisms between the line of four have to be very synchronised.

“So we opted for a back five and we didn’t want to get too defensive. We thought about trying Reece and Callum on the right side in training. Callum fitted very good and we wanted to have at least four offensive guys on the pitch from the start.

“We just let him drive and he did very good, showing all his qualities he has: the high speed, the quick recoveries, dribbles, good one-on-one.

“He took his chance. There was no need to change for the second game and he did another good match.

“Maybe in some defensive duels in the air there is space to improve, but this is absolutely normal. I am very happy he was happy to be on the pitch. He has given his best and that’s what we have asked for.”

Bayern Munich set for battle with Chelsea as Thomas Tuchel plots swoop for Bundesliga stars

Reports in Germany claim Bayern Munich are bracing themselves for a summer transfer duel with Chelsea and their new manager Thomas Tuchel.

Tuchel has two defensive targets in the upcoming transfer window. The first is Dayot Upamecano of Red Bull Leipzig, with Chelsea battling Bayern and also Liverpool for the 22-year-old’s signature.

Tuchel’s second target, according to German publication Bild, via the Mail, is Bayern’s Niklas Sule – a centre-back and Germany international.

Sule, 25, arrived at the German champions in July 2017 as part of a double swoop on Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim, joining alongside Sebastian Rudy.

He’s 6ft 5ins and has been an ever-present force at Bayern in his three-and-a-half years at the club, also winning 29 caps for Germany.

Upamecano, meanwhile, is widely expected to depart Leipzig at the end of the season and has a release clause of £38million.

Leipzig have already secured his replacement in Mohamed Simakan of Ligue 1 side Strasbourg, who will head to Germany in the summer.

Bayern’s chief executive, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, underlined the club’s interest in Upamecano on transfer deadline day but admitted they face competition.

“There are two quite attractive competitors besides Bayern Munich. You now have to wait and see how things develop,” Rummenigge told Sky Sports.

“The fact is that the player is interesting, of course. It is also a fact that we will lose at least David Alaba at this position. Whether we will have other departures at the position, I can not seriously predict at this point.”

Thomas Tuchel explains his childhood love for Tottenham, expresses determination to win ahead of clash at White Hart Lane

Thomas Tuchel has played down his childhood love of Tottenham ahead of Chelsea’s clash with the north Londoners on Thursday.

He said: “They are one of the biggest clubs in England and in Europe, for sure.

“It’s a big challenge but don’t get confused: when I was a boy once or twice it was me pretending to be Tottenham in the garden, it was to show off more in front of my friends. Because actually I didn’t even know Tottenham were a team in London.

“It was just a fancy name and a team we could see on TV for a few minutes.

“Later of course with Jurgen Klinsmann and some German players there that led to a bigger focus.

“But there’s no doubt that I arrive [on Thursday] in blue, proud to coach in blue and proud to coach my team and we will do everything to win the game.”

John Terry touted to take over as Bournemouth manager, but has to contend with Frank Lampard

Managerless Bournemouth should consider appointing John Terry as their new manager, former Cherries chief Harry Redknapp believes.

But he has to contend with his former vice captain at Chelsea Frank Lampard for the Cherries post.

According to The Sun, both are in consideration for the vacant Bournemouth job, following Jason Tindall’s sacking this week.

They have already done battle before, with Aston Villa assistant manager Terry, 40, having stared down the touchline at his old mate Lampard, 42, during the former midfielder’s stints with both Derby County and Chelsea.

But now that Lampard has been brutally axed by the Blues he finds himself back in the job market potentially to JT’s detriment.

Two years Terry’s senior, Lampard has more experience in the dugout to date, having managed 141 matches across his two jobs so far.

During an appearance on talkSPORT, Redknapp said: “Given the opportunity, he could be a really top-class manager.

“If I was a chairman looking for a manager now, John Terry would be top of my list.

“He’s at Aston Villa, he may not be interested, I wouldn’t know what his long-term ambitions are, but I’m sure he would want to get into management.

“If you’re going to get into management, I couldn’t think of a better club to take over than Bournemouth.

“It really is a good club, well-run club, good players. It’s all there really for somebody to come in and make a big success of it.”