For the third time in a row, a German coach has been named FIFA World Coach of the Year. Thomas Tuchel succeeded Jürgen Klopp on Monday evening, who had triumphed in the previous two years.
This crowned Tuchel’s extraordinary year in 2021, almost exactly twelve months since he replaced Frank Lampard at Chelsea FC. At that time, the Londoners were ninth in the Premier League – despite the fact that club boss Roman Abramovich had bought players for almost a quarter of a billion euros after the transfer ban in the summer of 2020 and signed, among others, the German internationals Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
Within a short time, Tuchel gave the stumbling star ensemble a suitable structure. Chelsea went from success to success, only suffering their first defeat under Tuchel at the beginning of April. Tuchel led the Blues to a precious fourth place and – almost unimaginable at the beginning of the year – to a Champions League triumph (1:0 in the final against Manchester City).