Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he finds it easier to manage Romelu Lukaku than Paris Saint-Germain forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Tuchel was appointed head coach at Parc des Princes in the summer of 2018 and led the club to their first ever Champions League final in 2020. However, he was sacked in December of that year and joined Chelsea a month later.
The German spoke at length at Gazzetta dello Sport’s ‘Festival dello Sport’ over the international break, with quotes featuring in the newspaper’s magazine on Saturday.
Tuchel discussed the politics of PSG compared to those at Chelsea and what it was like managing a team of superstars.
“They are two completely different clubs with regards to style and organisation,” he said.
“At PSG, I felt I was the Minister for Sport. I had to also manage family members and friends of the stars. At Chelsea, I work much more calmly,”
He also briefly opened up on being Neymar and Mbappe’s boss, insisting: “It’s easier to coach Lukaku than Neymar or Mbappe.”
While Tuchel’s ten-month spell in charge at Stamford Bridge has gone well so far, the back-end of his tenure at PSG was anything but.
He and the club’s sporting director Leonardo often fell out over recruitment, with Tuchel complaining after his first transfer window in France that the squad was lacking in the full-back areas.
When Tuchel asked Leonardo to sign a centre-back ahead of the 2020/21 season, Portugal midfelder Danilo Pereira was brought in, but the 48-year-old made a point of playing him in defence instead before eventually leaving the club on Christmas Eve last year.