Thomas Tuchel has been confirmed as Chelsea’s new manager, with the German putting pen to paper on an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge.

The 47-year-old had been widely expected to take over the reins following Frank Lampard’s sacking on Monday and he now looks set to be in the dugout for Chelsea’s Premier League home clash with Wolves on Wednesday night (Chelsea 8/13, Draw 16/5, Wolves 9/2 – Match Betting).

Tuchel has not been out of work for long after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last month, with his sacking at the French giants perhaps seeming harsh after he guided them to four major titles and a first ever Champions League final in a little over two years at the helm.

The German has also enjoyed successful spells in charge of Mainz and Borussia Dortmund in his homeland and he has now become the 11th full-time manager appointed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich since he bought the club in 2003.

Chelsea (20/1 Champions League Outright) currently sit ninth in the Premier League standings following a run of one win in five top-flight games – a sequence that contributed to Lampard’s sacking – but Tuchel is excited by the project that awaits him at Stamford Bridge, while he was also quick to praise the work of his predecessor.

“I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me and my staff,” he told the club’s official website.

“We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea.

“At the same time, I cannot wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football. I am grateful to now be part of the Chelsea family – it feels amazing!”

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