With typical efficiency Chelsea sacked Frank Lampard on Monday, unveiled Thomas Tuchel as their new manager on Tuesday, ahead of what will be his first match in charge against Wolves on Wednesday.
It’s been a whirlwind start to the week at the Blues as a club legend made way for a manager’s equivalent of a scientist in Tuchel; a captivating figure who is obsessed with the microscopic components of the profession.
While Tuchel may be making his Premier League debut, he’ll be a familiar face to a handful of the division’s managerial incumbents, with whom he’s faced under the glistening lights of European competition, and over in his homeland Germany.
Let's take a look at his various head-to-head records...
Wherever Jurgen Klopp goes, Tuchel follows.
Tuchel succeeded Klopp at both Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, now he’s ventured over to the Premier League in pursuit of new glories. He also featured in the Champions League final a year after Klopp lifted the famous trophy, although Tuchel was unable to replicate the achievement of the Liverpool boss.
The duo have clashed multiple times, 14 in fact, to date the highest number of duels against an opposition manager in Tuchel’s career. Unfortunately for the new Blues boss his record against Klopp makes for grim reading, he’s won only twice and lost nine times.
However, it’s worth noting that the vast majority of those clashes (10) came in the Bundesliga when Tuchel was at Mainz, and Klopp at Dortmund. So perhaps we can take a fairer comparison from Tuchel’s other spells.
Thomas Tuchel: New Chelsea Manager
At Dortmund, he lost out to Klopp’s Liverpool in a thrilling 2015/16 Europa League quarter-final; his side led 3-1 in the second-leg at Anfield, before Klopp’s men mounted one of the club’s most famous comebacks (see video).
Since then, Liverpool edged out Tuchel’s PSG in an entertaining Champions League group stage match at Anfield (18/19), the French side then got revenge with a 2-1 victory in Paris - his first victory over Klopp since 2010 - and both teams progressed through to the knockout stages.
The last three battles have contained a whopping 15 goals, so make sure you stamp 20th March in your diary when the duo reignite their electric rivalry at Anfield.
Tuchel Wins: 2
Klopp Wins: 9
Both managers have previously managed PSG. Carlo Ancelotti kick-started an era of success by winning the club their first league title in 19 years, while Tuchel later followed with a brace of titles, four domestic cups and the highest win rate in Ligue 1 history (75.6%).
In six meetings, each manager has two wins, two draws and two defeats.
They first met in Germany in the German Super Cup, which Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich won 2-0. Tuchel won the first Bundesliga battle 1-0, but Bayern came out victorious 4-1 in the return fixture.
However, Tuchel once again proved himself in cup competition, as he orchestrated a 3-2 win in the semi-finals of the German Cup, which he went on to win.
A brace of draws followed in the 2018/19 Champions League group stages, when Tuchel was at PSG and Ancelotti at Napoli.
Their seventh meeting is scheduled for the 6th March when Chelsea face Everton at the Bridge.
Tuchel Wins: 2
Ancelotti Wins: 2
Not many managers have fared particularly well against Pep Guardiola over the last 10 or so years, and with that said Tuchel is still searching for his first win against the Spaniard.
Guardiola has won four of the five meetings. His old Bayern side beat Dortmund twice - one of which was on penalties in the German Cup final - and Mainz twice.
Meanwhile, the pair played out a goalless draw in the league when Dortmund held Bayern in 2016.
Tuchel will be hoping to claim his first triumph over Guardiola when Chelsea travel to Man City on 8th May.
Tuchel Wins: 0
Guardiola Wins: 4
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
In the last two years Tuchel has faced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on four occasions, each of which came in the Champions League.
In the first meeting Tuchel’s PSG secured a comfortable 2-0 win at Old Trafford to put one foot into the Champions League quarter-finals, only for his troops to then fluff their lines as they became victims of a famous Solskjaer comeback in Paris.
It was Marcus Rashford who pinged home a last-gasp penalty on that occasion, and the United striker returned to haunt Tuchel in Paris earlier this season, with another late goal in a 2-1 win.
Tuchel brushed off the disappointments to stamp another Old Trafford win on his CV in the return fixture, which he won 3-1. PSG would go on to top the group, while United dropped into the Europa League.
The managers will cross swords once again on 28th February, this time at the Bridge.
Tuchel Wins: 2
Solskjaer Wins: 2
On 20th February Tuchel will come across another familiar face from his time in Germany, when his Chelsea side face Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton.
While Tuchel doesn’t hold a better head-to-head record against any of the above four managers, he does boast a positive showing against Hasenhuttl, with whom he’s beaten in three of their four matches.
All four games came in the Bundesliga, the first of which resulted in Dortmund beating Hasenhuttl’s Ingolstadt 4-0, then 2-0.
The latter moved to RB Leipzig, who beat Dortmund 1-0, a scoreline which was reversed by Tuchel’s side in the return fixture.
Tuchel Wins: 3
Hasenhuttl Wins: 1
Tuchel’s not yet faced any of the other 14 Premier League managers - his first taste of the action comes on Wednesday against Nuno Santo’s Wolves - but he has previously managed against Tottenham, back during the 2015/16 season when Spurs were led by Mauricio Pochettino.
Tuchel’s PSG came up trumps in both legs of the last-16 clash to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Pochettino has of course since become Tuchel’s successor at PSG.