After a year away from football, Thomas Tuchel is delighted to be back coaching again. The former Mainz boss is delighted to have landed the Dortmund job and is keen to forge his own identity at Signal Iduna Park. Thomas Tuchel says he wants to build upon the foundations laid by JurgenKlopp’s during his spell at Borussia Dortmund and take the team back to the top of the Bundesliga. “We are the challengers,” the JurgenKlopp successor said.
He was overjoyed with his new job as BVB coach and during his first conference, in a passionate opening speech to journalists, the 41-year-old spoke at length of his excitement at taking on one of the most high profile jobs in German football. Tuchel stood aside following a successful seven-year stint at the Westfalenstadion and was replaced by his fellow former Mainz boss.
During his sabbatical away from football after five years at FSV Mainz, Tuchel had turned himself into a coveted coach, and was linked to Hamburger SV, Schalke 04, RB Leipzig as well as being tipped as an outside candidate to succeed Pep Guardiola at Bayern by first taking over another coaching role at Munich.
In mid-April, Tuchel was appointed to follow in Klopp’s footsteps at BVB when signing a deal until 2018.
“I’m really happy to be here at Borussia Dortmund as head coach,” Tuchel said. “I wanted to train a top Bundesliga club, with big tradition, that can challenge for German honors. That’s possible here.”
Speaking to a packed house during his unveiling, new BVB coach Thomas Tuchel said that BVB will have to play catch up on the four top teams in Europe, and asked for patience on his way there. Tuchel has also praised the coach who led BVB to two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final and feels that all the ingredients for a memorable period in the club’s history are in place. “JurgenKlopp had seven unbelievably successful seasons here. We will now try to create a new chapter at a high level,” he said at the conference.
“We are just happy that we have put the season behind us. And we are in the fighting mode from today on,” said Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.
Tuchel praised the four coaches at the clubs, and added that to attack them BVB will need “diligence, modesty, courage, and persistence” as well as an atmosphere free of “egoism.” Dortmund are set to begin the new seasons with the qualifiers for the Europa League in late July, and also embark on a tour of Asia earlier that month.