‘Perfectionist’ Thomas Tuchel pitched Chelsea on his way to glory ahead of the Champions League final

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‘Perfectionist’ Thomas Tuchel throws Chelsea’s way to glory ahead of the Champions League final with an obsessive coach known to put tactics, the opposition and even the playing field under his microscope

  • Thomas Tuchel has been called a ‘perfectionist’ for the Champions League final
  • Chelsea boss Tuchel is known for researching tactics and even the field
  • The end result is an obsessive manager who likes to have a say in every decision
  • Estadio do Dragao is likely to undergo its rigorous investigation ahead of Saturday’s clash

Lawn mowers in Porto have never been watching so closely.

Thomas Tuchel’s big eyes are in town and these last hours before Saturday’s Champions League final could be decisive. For Chelsea and Manchester City. Also for the local gardeners.

Just ask Christian Heidel – the man who gave Tuchel his first job as a senior manager on the German side Mainz 05 in 2009.

Thomas Tuchel is described as a ‘perfectionist’ for the Champions League final

Thomas is an absolute perfectionist. That’s every aspect of his job – every workout has to be perfect, every game has to be perfect, ”says Heidel. “He’s been playing the game in his head before and expects it to be perfect.”

Tactics, opposition analysis and even grass go under his microscope. ‘We were at a training camp in Austria and we had a training match against Olympiacos. Thomas looked very closely at the lawn – he was actually measuring the height, sniffing the grass and paying so much attention, ‘Heidel continues.

“He was so enthusiastic about this particular field that he wanted me to transfer the groundsman to Mainz.

“The next day, the foreman called me and said,” I heard we’re going to have some talks about a contract. ” He eventually sat down. But Heidel shouldn’t have been surprised by his manager’s guts.

Tuchel has been known to scrutinize tactics, opposition, and even the grass before matches

Tuchel has been known to scrutinize tactics, opposition, and even the grass before matches

He had already raised a young Jurgen Klopp and with the arrival of Tuchel, the sporting director of Mainz decided that everything should revolve around the coach.

“It’s important to let them become who they are,” says Heidel. Give them the freedom to be themselves and make mistakes. Don’t punish them right away.

‘Give them confidence and have confidence in their development. I believe Thomas really enjoyed this and this has helped him develop as a coach and become who he is. ‘

The result? An obsessive manager who wants to have a say in every decision and who wants to map every movement of his players. No wonder Tuchel is so flammable on the sidelines and has a reputation for headbutting. “Everyone is lucky that they usually win more games than they lose,” says Heidel.

Obsessive Tuchel wants to be in control of every decision at clubs and has a reputation for headbutts

Obsessive Tuchel wants to be in control of every decision at clubs and has a reputation for headbutts

‘When there’s a loss, it actually hurts him a lot. It’s almost like physical pain to him because he’s so invested in the game. He will not so much blow up, but rather analyze every little detail of the game to find out why his plan didn’t work.

‘Jurgen, one of my good friends, is a human whisperer – he casts a spell on his players. But Thomas, despite his reputation, is more or less the same.

He clashed with more players, but even then the team would have followed him in every fight – they were committed to him. Jurgen, Thomas and Pep Guardiola work almost perfectly. ‘

Heidel first met Tuchel in 2008 when he was interviewed for the role of Mainz under 19.

He made an immediate impression and a year later Heidel Tuchel was promoted to boss of the first team – in place of Jorn Andersen who had just earned Mainz promotion to the Bundesliga.

Tuchel immediately impressed Mainz after an interview for their Under 19 vacancy

Tuchel immediately impressed Mainz after an interview for their Under 19 vacancy

The Estadio do Dragao (photo) will undergo a tough examination by Tuchel before the final

The Estadio do Dragao (photo) will undergo a tough examination by Tuchel before the final

“I called Thomas and I said,” Listen, the day has come – from tomorrow you will be the head coach of the pros, “Heidel recalls.

Tuchel asked for time to consider the offer and eventually accepted in the middle of the night.

“I don’t know anyone who knows more about football,” Heidel adds. “We were on the team bus once and there was a documentary about Guardiola.

They showed a card that looked like some kind of knitting pattern. But it was a passing pattern of Guardiola’s players, and Thomas studied it for two hours. ‘

Expect the Estadio do Dragao field to undergo a similar survey.

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