Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel says he doesn’t do anything to be loved by the locker room and admits he can be a “screamer”.

Tuchel, who replaced Frank Lampard less than a month ago, spoke openly about his approach to management ahead of Newcastle’s Premier League visit on Monday live on Sky Sports.

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It is clear to the former boss of Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain that he will put honesty before friendships and always maintain a certain degree of unpredictability.

“Just because I try to be nice to you guys [the media]doesn’t mean that I’m trying too hard and that everyone in the locker room loves me because that just doesn’t exist, “said Tuchel.

“It’s not necessary. But at a moment when I’m happy I can also tell you that I’m satisfied with your attitude, your performance and the atmosphere in the dressing room. That doesn’t hurt, I don’t think so at the time.

“Can I be a screamer? Yes, of course, when absolutely necessary. But I can be totally emotional, and I can also be totally a screamer when I feel like this is the minute to do it and If you do it all the time then nobody would be listening because it becomes a habit so everyone gets used to it.

“The goal is also to stay a bit unpredictable and be reasonable most of the time because for me it’s important to build a trust and relationship that we can rely on.



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“Players are not punished, yelled at or insulted in front of a group, that is unacceptable. But if we have to be clear about it, I am very fond of doing it in front of the whole group.”

“If we have behaviors that harm the group and cause problems for the team on the field, we should communicate this to the players individually. However, I firmly believe that everyone has to have the personality to swallow criticism in front of the group.”

“That way no harm is done because we can speak openly. To be clear and honest, this will never change. I don’t do things that are loved by everyone in the locker room, that is not possible.”

“I miss my family very much” – Tuchel on living alone in London

Tuchel was fired from PSG on Christmas Day, but it wasn’t until a month later that Chelsea called and delivered what the German called “the best gift under the tree”.

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In the short term, however, this meant some difficult decisions for his family as Tuchel lived alone in London while his children stayed in Paris to finish the school year.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, he will not be able to see his family for at least the next few months.

“It’s not an easy situation, it is impossible for all of us to travel right now,” he added.

“Things are well organized, my kids are going to school, but it would be nice if we could be together. That was the decision and now we have to deal with it like many other people.

“It is absolutely not easy and I miss them very much and as you say Valentine’s Day is going to be a Zoom get-together for families, which is pretty sad.

“But we are still privileged, we are safe and we are healthy, so I don’t want to complain too much.

“I would like it to be different, but no complaints, we are still healthy and together as a family – even if there is a distance between us at the moment.”