Tuchel reveals text from Lampard

English Premier League

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed the personal message he got from former Blues coach tactician this week.

Tuchel took over from Lampard, who was sacked on Monday following a poor run of form in the Premier League which saw the side drop out of the top four.

Despite the criticism surrounding Tuchel replacing the Blues legend, the German tactician says he has great respect for his predecessor.

"The fans are so close and behind the team, it makes a big difference.

"I can absolutely assume it was a big disappointment for the fanbase to see that Frank was sacked and I said before, I have the biggest respect. I was a huge fan of Frank as a player.

"It was a pure joy to watch him play, and to see how he played, with the personality he played.

"He was one of the key figures to demonstrate what Chelsea is about. Intensity, devotion and winning mentality.

"I have the biggest respect for him personally and his legacy.

"It just got bigger when I received a personal message today in the morning to wish me all the best and to maybe meet in the future when this is possible.

"Honestly, nothing has changed there but in the last 72 hours the club made clear to me that this is not my fault, clearly not my fault, and I cannot change the situation for him.

"The decision was made and I was handed the opportunity, but I mean what I say."

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