Thomas Tuchel managed Dortmund for two years between 2015 and 2017 before moving to Paris Saint-Germain. He led a youthful revolution at the Signal Iduna Park bringing forth and providing game time to talents such as Christian Pulisic, Ousmane Dembele, Aubameyang and Julian Weigl.
Tuchel’s style of style has stood out among his colleagues, often leading to a mix of wavy relationships and impactful connections. His former striker, Adrian Ramos, revealed his viewpoint on Tuchel’s managerial nous – citing him to ‘obsessed’ with football.
Speaking to the press in an exclusive with Goal.com, Ramos said:
“Thomas is obsessed with football and places extremely high demands on his players, especially from a tactical point of view.”
He then revealed what happens when Tuchel’s demands aren’t met:
“Anyone who does not meet these requirements has a problem. Then Thomas can get very loud very quickly and sometimes says things that hurt.
Unfortunately, it is normal that one or the other in this business quickly feels trodden on, but I never had the feeling that he was trying to attack someone personally with his criticism. I got on well with his style. Others don’t. One thing is clear to me: if I become a coach one day, I will certainly not yell as much as Thomas.”
Tuchel took over reigns at Dortmund from Jurgen Klopp in July, 2015. Ramos joined Dortmund one year earlier, when Klopp was still around. He compared life in the dressing room under both the managers.
“It is part of football that you have a better connection with one coach than with the other. I don’t blame Klopp, the season was very tough for him too,” Ramos said, speaking of Dortmund’s underwhelming 7th place finish in the 2014/15 Bundesliga season.
Adding further on Tuchel, he said:
“With Thomas, the fun and learning factor were much greater for me. He taught us to bring more control into our game, but still get in depth quickly with possession. I liked his philosophy.”
Since moving on from Dortmund to Paris in 2017, Tuchel has gone on to establish himself as one of the best in the business. He has overseen a fantastic start to life in London, having gone 11 games unbeaten. With Leeds United on the horizon, that only looks likely to extend to twelve.
Tuchel has also diplomatically handled his players well since taking charge, giving little room for show. His all-action, no-nonsense style of management is already looking like it’s yielding the results.