Thomas Tuchel faces Frank Lampard for the first time later today (KO 2 pm UK time). The Chelsea boss is looking forward to meeting the current Everton manager.
“He sent me a very kind and respectful message after I took over at Chelsea, which meant a lot to me because I was a huge fan of him as a player and he is – and will remain – a legend at our club. This is absolutely sure and a given,” Thomas Tuchel said at a press conference ahead of the Everton game
“I was very happy when he wrote me this very gentleman-like message.”
Tuchel was named Chelsea head coach in January 2021, shortly after Frank Lampard was sacked following a string of poor results.
“We didn’t have the chance to go out and have lunch, then he took the chance to take charge of Everton and he took Joe Edwards [assistant coach] away from us, so we were not so happy with that!” Tuchel added jokingly.
“Of course, we were involved so we will meet some familiar faces on the other side, with Ashley Cole, Joey, and Frank.
“I never met him in person so I will be happy to meet him but we arrive with our team, we need the points and they need the points urgently as well.”