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Chelsea fans plan a round of applause for Tuchel in the 21st minute of their clash with Red Bull Salzburg

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Chelsea fans plan a round of applause for Thomas Tuchel in the 21st minute of their clash with Red Bull Salzburg – referencing the year he led them to Champions League glory – to pay tribute to the sacked boss in Graham Potter’s first Stamford Bridge- outing

  • Chelsea fans pay tribute to former manager Thomas Tuchel tonight
  • The Blues’ Champions League clash is the first game since Tuchel was sacked
  • Supporters hold a minute of applause for the German in the 21st minute
  • They start a new era under boss Graham Potter against Red Bull Salzburg

Chelsea supporters will pay tribute to former manager Thomas Tuchel as they face Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League tonight, the first game since the German was sacked.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss was sacked last Wednesday, just seven games into the season, after Chelsea’s new owners chose to change managers following the assessments they made during the first 100 days of their ownership.

The Blues moved quickly to replace Tuchel the following day with former Brighton & Hove Albion boss Graham Potter.

Chelsea supporters will pay tribute to sacked Thomas Tuchel as they take on Red Bull Salzburg

It is the first game since Tuchel was eliminated last Wednesday after just seven games this season

It is the first game since Tuchel was eliminated last Wednesday after just seven games this season

Potter will take charge for the first time since taking over at Chelsea as they try to get their Champions League campaign back on track after losing 1-0 to Dinamo Zagreb in their group stage opener.

Chelsea supporters group ‘We Are The Shed’ has revealed that they will be holding a one-minute applause in the 21st minute to pay tribute to the German.

The movement tweeted: “Tonight will be our first game since Thomas Tuchel was fired.

“We will not use the crowdsurfer out of respect for The Queen’s passing/pre-match plans.

“Instead, we encourage people to stand on the 21st minute and applaud to say ‘thank you’ (the year he won us the CL).”

The 21st minute has been chosen as the most opportune moment when he took home the club’s second Champions League trophy last year – in 2021.

The German manager took the club's second Champions League trophy last year - in 2021

The German manager took the club’s second Champions League trophy last year – in 2021

The applause replaces the ‘crowdsurfer’ Chelsea supporters would have used as a tribute, but failed to bring out as a sign of respect due to the death of the Queen.

Tuchel broke his silence on Sunday to reveal his devastation following his shock Chelsea sacking.

“This is one of the hardest statements I’ve ever had to write – and it’s one I hoped I wouldn’t have to do for years. I’m devastated that my time at Chelsea has come to an end,” Tuchel said.

“This is a club where I felt at home both professionally and personally. Thank you so much to all the staff, players and supporters for making me feel very welcome from the start.

“I will always remember the pride and joy I felt when I helped the team win the Champions League and the Club World Cup.

 

“I am honored to be part of the history of this club and the memories of the past 19 months will always have a special place in my heart.”

Tuchel was popular among Chelsea supporters after leading them to the Champions League trophy in his first season with the club.

Last year, the Blues finished third in the standings, albeit a long way from Manchester City and Liverpool – losing to the latter on penalties in the finals of both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup.

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