Journalist Christian Falk has confirmed that former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is learning Spanish and his next destination could be either Atletico Madrid or Barcelona.
Tuchel, 49, was relieved of his duty by Chelsea in September 2022 after reportedly falling out with the new owners with Todd Boehly reportedly describing him as a ‘nightmare’ to work with.
Interestingly enough, despite the fallout, he departed Chelsea with a record 60 wins, 24 draws, and 16 defeats in 100 games. He ended his tenure with an impressive win percentage of 60%.
The German tactician has been out of a job since and while there have been several rumours floating, nothing substantial has panned out so far. And now, if Falk is to be believed, the German has been learning Spanish in order to prepare himself for a new job in La Liga.
Atletico Madrid are touted as one of the possible destinations for Tuchel, following their dodgy start to the season under Diego Simeone. There is a feeling that Los Rojiblancos have reached the end of a cycle with the Argentine and a change could be made in the near future.
It must be noted that Tuchel is not the only manager linked with Atletico Madrid, as it was not long ago that former Spain and Barcelona boss Luis Enrique was asked about the role.
As reported before, the 52-year-old responded to the links where he mentioned if the team from the capital city does make an approach, he will think about it.
“Hey, they have to love me, this is the usual. If they don’t call me… If I don’t have offers, I can’t decide. I don’t have any offers at the moment,” Enrique said.
At the same time, the comments made by Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin on Enrique only fueled the rumours further.
“I like him a lot personally and professionally. I think he has the talent to coach any team in our league. It’s clear that he adds value for everyone. For the media, for the players and for the clubs because he delivers. I think it’s good,” he added.
Simeone’s contract with Atletico Madrid runs until the summer of 2024. So, it remains to be seen if the club are prepared to part ways with the legendary figure before that and if they do, Tuchel and Enrique are likely to be at the top of their shortlist to take over.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”
He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.
“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”
The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”
And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.
“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”
Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.
“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”
“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.
And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.
“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo