Micah Richards’ Comments About Thomas Tuchel Have Aged Terribly
Micah Richards’ thoughts on Thomas Tuchel from January have come back to bite him, after the former Manchester City defender claimed the Chelsea manager wouldn’t win the big prizes.
Tuchel was appointed at the end of January and has gone on to help Chelsea into a top four finish in the Premier League, before winning the Champions League on Saturday night.
It was quite the turnaround from the Blues, who were ninth in the table when the former PSG boss was named as Frank Lampard’s replacement.
Not only did he believe the Englishman should have been given more time, he also wasn’t sold on Tuchel’s appointment.
“There doesn’t appear to be a plan after Frank Lampard’s sacking… I can’t see the new Chelsea boss winning the big prizes at Stamford Bridge,” the Sky Sports pundit wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“Chelsea have appointed Tuchel because they want to win the Premier League and Champions League again. I struggle to see that happening with him.
“What have Chelsea seen in Tuchel that convinces them he will outwit Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp over the course of a 38-game season?”
Richards wasn’t happy with the former Borussia Dortmund boss’ first team selection, leaving Mason Mount out of the draw with Wolves, adding, “First impressions are very important in football and the one Tuchel made on Wednesday with his team selection against Wolves could not be called positive.
“…I’m absolutely not writing Tuchel off, but something about his appointment doesn’t feel right.”
In his defence, the 32-year-old retired former footballer did admit earlier last week that he’d got things wrong when it came to Tuchel.
Speaking on BBC 5 Live, Richards ate humble pie. “When [Thomas] Tuchel came in, I didn’t see it,” the Birmingham born pundit said.
“I didn’t think he’d be able to transform this team in the way he has, so soon, I didn’t see it.
“He’s made me eat my words. This Chelsea team now are frightening.
“On the counter-attack now, they have the best counter-attack.”
Tuchel has now led his team to three wins over Pep Guardiola’s City this season, in the league FA Cup and Champions League.