Joe Cole: Thomas Tuchel ‘will enter folklore as one of the greatest managers in Chelsea history’


Thomas Tuchel ‘will go down in folklore as one of the greatest managers in Chelsea history’, explains Joe Cole after winning the Champions League just four months after his reign … as Rio Ferdinand praises his ‘tactical masterclass’ against Pep Guardiola .

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  • Tuchel’s team passed Guardiola 1-0 in the final of the Champions League
  • Kai Havertz’s goal in the first half saw the German lead the Blues to victory in Portugal

Thomas Tuchel will be remembered as one of the greatest Chelsea managers of all time, according to former Chelsea player Joe Cole, following their Champions League victory against Manchester City.

Tuchel’s Blues side defeated Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions Saturday night in the European showpiece at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto, with Kai Havertz’s goal in the first half giving them a 1-0 lead they never gave up.

And Cole hailed the German, who has now won all three duels against Guardiola this season, as one of the best Chelsea bosses ever.

Thomas Tuchel was the mastermind of Chelsea’s 1-0 Champions League final victory against Manchester City

Former Blues winger Joe Cole described Tuchel as one of the best managers in all of the club's history

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand praised Tuchel's 'tactical masterclass'

Experts including Joe Cole (left) and Rio Ferdinand (right) greeted the German after the game

He said, ‘The club is bringing in managers, they are firing them. There is no club in this country that has won more trophies since Roman came in.

‘We thought Tuchel was one of the brightest young managers in football. He enters the folklore of the great managers in the history of this club. ‘

Co-expert Rio Ferdinand added: “He has come to this country. He faced Pep Guardiola three times this season, winning all three. ‘

Ex-Paris Saint-Germain boss Tuchel's side fought and outpaced Pep Guardiola's City

Ex-Paris Saint-Germain boss Tuchel’s side fought and outpaced Pep Guardiola’s City

What an absolute turn. I supported Man City, but Thomas Tuchel came in and delivered a tactical masterclass.

‘Kante has given a master class on retrieving the ball. He controlled the ball. The moment came, clinically, Havertz is now worth every penny. ‘

Former City defender Joleon Lescott went on to say that Tuchel has now proven to be ‘tactically as good as anyone’.