“It Is A Bit Hard To Talk About My Playing Career”-Tuchel Says
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he’s grateful to be manager of Chelsea and rise up to a high level.
Tuchel’s playing career was cut short at the age of 24 due to a serious knee injury, and he was playing in the lower league in France.
The Blues boss has now revealed just how he rose up to being a manager, and is grateful for the second chance to succeed in football.
“Only injuries could prevent me from having a career…in the second division!” Tuchel said with a smile, according to the official club website.
“It is a bit hard to talk about my [playing] career because it ended before it even started, with some games in the second and third division. That was pretty much it.
“I was not bad throughout the youth stages and I tried to fulfil my dream to become a professional player, but it was different times. There were no cameras in the second division in Germany when I played some games.
“Then I got injured and had to refocus which was pretty hard. It was a dream that crashed and I did not know what to do. It was even painful to go into a stadium and watch games because it did not feel right to not be a part of it.”
Tuchel found time to graduate from school with a business degree before he found the passion to go into football again.
“It was also important to me to finish studying, to make a point to myself that I can finish something that I don’t really like, just for pure rational reasons”.
At that point, Tuchel began and completed a business degree – ‘to calm my mum down more than satisfy my own needs and expectations of what I want from life’ – and it was while he was studying that the renowned Ralf Rangnick, who had coached him in his early years, persuaded him to also try youth league coaching at Stuttgart.
‘From there the story went very well for me because I found the passion again and instantly found the joy to be on the pitch out there,’ Tuchel recalled.