Olivier Giroud says Thomas Tuchel brought ‘serenity and confidence’ back to Chelsea after the sacking of Frank Lampard… as the German led them to Champions League glory
- Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager back in January
- He turned their fortunes around leading them to the Champions League
- Giroud says Tuchel brought Chelsea’s confidence back after Lampard’s exit
Former Chelsea star Olivier Giroud says Thomas Tuchel helped improve the team’s confidence when he took over from Frank Lampard last season.
The German arrived at Chelsea midway through the season at a stage where the club were sitting just ninth in the Premier League table.
Lampard was sacked in January and Tuchel helped turn their fortunes around with a top-four finish and by winning the Champions League with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City.
Thomas Tuchel helped turn Chelsea’s fortunes around after he was appointed manager
Olivier Giroud (left) has credited Tuchel for helping lead them to the Champions League
Giroud who left the club in the summer and now plays for AC Milan, has praised the impact Tuchel made.
He told Tribal Football: Tuchel brought serenity and confidence to the team again by being successful.
‘It is always easier when you win games, so we built that confidence step by step, and with the philosophy of his game playing a 3-4-3, with the great players we had, his ideas fit perfectly to the team.
The Frenchman believes Tuchel brought ‘serenity and confidence’ back to Stamford Bridge
Giroud has since left the club after he joined Italian giants AC Milan during the summer
‘I think we finished strong and solid, and in the end we qualified fourth and won the Champions League so what more can you say.’
Giroud netted the vital goal in a 1-0 victory away at Atletico Madrid in the Round of 16 clash of the Champions League with a stunning bicycle kick.
The World Cup winner scored 39 goals in 119 appearances for Chelsea after joining them from London rivals Arsenal.
Chelsea have made a positive start to the new season and sit top of the league standings
He has since made a solid start at AC Milan scoring two goals in his five appearances to date.
Chelsea strengthened their attack line further in the summer with the £97.5m signing of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.
Tuchel’s side top the Premier League table after seven games this season with a one point lead over Liverpool.