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Chelsea technical chief Cech: Tuchel backroom team key to his success

Chelsea technical chief Petr Cech has hailed the impact of manager Thomas Tuchel after his first year in charge.

Cech says the secret to his success has been Tuchel's willingness to fuse his backroom team with those he inherited from predecessor Frank Lampard.

He told chelseafc.com: "Thomas gelled smoothly at Chelsea very quickly, and that has been the key to his success. He was a coach of teams who were at or near the top of their respective leagues, Borussia Dortmund and PSG, and of course that gives you great experience. When he walked in, you could feel he had a lot of experience in football already, from being a coach of youth teams to the top teams.

"When you come to a new club and you're taking over from a club legend, there is a lot of expectation you start winning straightaway. Thomas is a good listener and he quickly realised how the club works. That helped him to make the right choices, together with his staff.

"The people around him are a great support to him. They are a great team together, along with Joe Edwards and Anthony Barry who were with us previously. They added a little continuity and allowed Thomas and the staff he brought to get more information from them. They took them under their wing and have really created a strong bond.

"Arno Michels, Zsolt Low and Benni Weber knew each other from before but they included everyone, people like Hilario and James Russell, Will Tullett and Matt Birnie, and that is why the transition was smooth for Thomas. Things were going in the right direction from the very start."


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