At one point Thomas Tuchel was considered a potential managerial selection for Bayern Munich, but the former Borussia Dortmund boss has spent the last two seasons leading his teams (Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea) to Champions League finales.
While he came up short against Bayern Munich with PSG, Tuchel was able to outsmart Pep Guardiola and Manchester City in this season’s final. When asked if Tuchel would be able to be as successful in his second year with Chelsea, former Bayern Munich defender Markus Babbel thinks Chelsea could be even better.
“It’s possible because they have a very exciting side and a really good mix between young and experienced players. They won the Champions League because they were the better team and they had the better plan,” said Babbel to NetBet. “(Pep) Guardiola didn’t have a good plan in that final and Thomas Tuchel did even though they had only been working together for six months at Chelsea. Let him do a full pre-season and get his philosophy across to the players because it’s a very strong squad.”
Despite his obvious affinity for Tuchel’s coaching prowess, Babbel knows the Premier League will be extremely competitive.
“It’s not easy to beat Chelsea, even for Man City, Liverpool and Man United, they are very difficult to beat. The problems will be if Chelsea beat these teams but lose to teams lower down the table,” Babbel said. “If you win against Man United or Liverpool but then lose to Brighton or Newcastle, then you don’t win the league.”