KEY POINTS

  • Two-time Ligue 1 winner Thomas Tuchel signed with Chelsea last January
  • The manager has lost only twice in his first 23 matches for the English club
  • Tuchel opened up on the "brutal" challenges of being in the Premier League

As of late, Chelsea's performance has made it look like manager Thomas Tuchel had a seamless transition from Paris Saint-Germain to the Blues.

Tuchel signed an 18-month deal with the six-time English Premier League winners last January, succeeding Frank Lampard.

He wasted no time making his impact felt, losing only twice in his first 23 games for the club across all leagues while also maintaining hold of the No. 4 seat in the 2020-21 Premier League table.

But in reality, the 47-year-old Premier League newcomer disclosed how "brutal" it feels making his English football debut, along with changes in his environment.

"Going from Ligue 1 to the Premier League? It's brutal, honestly. Very brutal," Tuchel revealed, per a recent Le10 report.

"In France, we played the same number of matches, two cups and there are also 20 teams in the championship. But the intensity and the challenge of the championship are really very different here. It's a whole different level."

Tuchel is right. While PSG has been favorites in the French league this decade, it is a far more daunting task to guide Chelsea against other Premier League contenders.

"It's pretty ruthless, it keeps you at attention and it gets you up early in the morning. There is simply no time to breathe. There isn't too much time to sit down, to be relaxed or comfortable," Tuchel said.

The former Borussia Dortmund head coach was sacked in December of last year by the French giants whom he helped lead to back-to-back Ligue 1 crowns.

With no experience of coaching a Premier League squad throughout his 14-year career, Tuchel took the challenge of constantly being under the spotlight, performing at the highest level, and delivering results for Chelsea.

"And that's a good thing, it sharpens your mindset and your spirit. This is what I find impressive about this club. Everyone is on the front lines," Tuchel shared.

"Players are aware of these challenges and demands. They are up to the task in terms of recovery, in their approach to their work, during their time here at the club. Everyone at the club is aware of what it takes to be in good shape."

More proof of Tuchel being able to withstand the bigger gravity of his current role includes leading Chelsea to the FA Cup finals against Leicester City.

The March 2021 Premier League Manager of the Month is also on the verge of leading the club to its first UEFA Champions League final since 2011-12 if they can knock off defending La Liga champion Real Madrid.

A legitimate shot to deliver two more football trophies at Stamford Bridge in his first five months would make the feeling less brutal and more ecstatic for Tuchel.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is chasing two trophies this season Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is chasing two trophies this season Photo: AFP / Ben STANSALL