One hundred and twenty four days. In one hundred and twenty four days, Thomas Tuchel went from being unemployed to a Champions League winner.
The German was without a club at the turn of the year. He had just been sacked by Paris Saint-Germain after guiding the side to back-to-back Ligue 1 titles and wins in the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue in 2020. He also led them to the Champions League final. He was still shown the door.
Then Chelsea came calling. Roman Abramovich had dismissed club legend Frank Lampard and swooped in to offer Tuchel an 18-month contract with an option to extend. Tuchel grabbed the opportunity to become the first German to manage the English club.
The 47-year-old inherited a sprightly squad from Lampard that was languishing in ninth spot in the Premier League. Having cut his teeth with the youth teams at Stuttgart and then working with Mainz and Borussia…