Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich told Thomas Tuchel he was only interested in trophies when he brought him in to replace Frank Lampard.

That’s according to BILD journalist Christian Falk, who says the setup at Stamford Bridge is ‘great’ for Tuchel.

Tuchel arrived in London to replace Lampard in January, with the Blues struggling to get back into the top four and qualify for the Champions League.

He has seen overseen a staggering improvement at the club since, averaging 2.25 points per game and winning sixteen of his 24 games in charge so far.

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That run has also seen him take Chelsea to the Champions League final, with impressive wins over Atletico Madrid and then Real Madrid in the semi-finals.

The Blues are also now firmly in the race for the top four and have opened up a three-point gap between themselves and West Ham in fifth.

It’s been a masterstroke of an appointment for Chelsea, and Falk says a discussion in the initial meeting between Tuchel and Abramovich set up the success that’s followed since.

“There are really many, many factors that go together,” he told BILD.

“One very important factor is, and Thomas Tuchel said very clearly after the game that he is not here to enter the final but to win titles.

“That is exactly the message that Roman Abramovich gave him at the recruitment interview – he has a bit of trouble going to England, but their relationship is healthy.

“And he said; we don’t care where you had trouble with any club bosses or where there were any complications, here at Chelsea, only one thing is important, you are here to win titles. 

“Chelsea coaches bring the title; how you do that is totally irrelevant to us.

“That is great for Tuchel because now he can finally work like that. We don’t want anyone talking in training.

“There’s no sporting director he can fall out with, and the team is very, very hungry for success because under Lampard they didn’t get as concrete instructions as they do now under Tuchel.