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Arteta surprised by Chelsea’s decision to sack Tuchel



Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was surprised by Chelsea’s decision to sack Thomas Tuchel after their poor start to the season but said that is the reality managers face.

Chelsea sacked Tuchel on Wednesday, a day after the London club suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League opener.

Tuchel led Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League last season but they are sixth this term after six games, having lost away to Leeds United and Southampton.

“I was – it was right before the training session when we got the news,”

“It’s always sad for any colleague in this profession to get fired. Unfortunately, we know how this works,” Arteta said when asked if he was surprised at the decision.

“I wish him the best of luck. It’s not pleasant to hear that news.


“… We have a profession that at some stage, this (can) happen. We have to prevent it, enjoy the journey and enjoy every day because you never know when that’s coming.”

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag said he felt sorry for Tuchel, who led Chelsea to the Champions League in his first season.

Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp said his club’s owners, the Fenway Sports Group, have left it in his hands to get the team firing on all cylinders again.

“Obviously there are different kinds of owners. Our owners are rather calm and expect from me to sort the situation and not be thinking that somebody else would sort it,” said Klopp.

“That is how they always saw it. And on the day when they changed their thoughts then they might tell me.”



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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