Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel insists he and his staff didn't see his sacking coming at Chelsea.
Spoke about the dismissal at his Bayern presser ahead of his first game in charge against Borussia Dortmund.
"It was a shock. I felt it, strangely, when I drove to the training centre," he told reporters.
"The meeting we had felt unusual - it turned out to be very short. It lasted three to five minutes.
"The decision had been made and, honestly, it was a shock for all of us. I was also not in the mood to talk longer.
"We had a feeling that we were in the right spot at the right time. We felt that we could achieve big things and we wanted to stay longer - it was as simple as that.
"It still hurts in a way. I'm not able to see these people on a daily basis. I love this job. I have a passion for it.
"We built an extraordinary bond in the circumstances. We started there during Covid, during Brexit - then came the change of ownership.
"We were a strong, strong group and it wasn't in my hands to take this decision. I was no longer part of this group, a group that felt like a family."