Ander Herrera, a midfielder for Paris Saint-Germain, has credited Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel with rescuing the careers of two of his players after taking over from former coach Frank Lampard in January.
Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso are the players.
Towards the end of Lampard’s tenure as manager, Rudiger and Alonso had fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel succeeded Lampard and went on to help Chelsea win the Champions League and finish fourth in the Premier League last season, bringing both players back into contention.
Herrera told Marca, “I simply thought that this is football, that eight months ago we lost the same final with him [Thomas Tuchel] in the dugout.”“This demonstrated that this sport is a mystery, and no other sport can surprise you as much as this one.
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“Chelsea had Frank Lampard and players like Rudiger and Marcos Alonso who were almost completely absent. Tuchel arrives, and the two of them play well together and make a significant difference.
“Football is unpredictably unpredictable, and there’s always the possibility of a surprise. This does not occur in basketball, where the same teams consistently win. That is my point of view.”