Don’t judge Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his “crazy” dress sense – Thomas Tuchel


Thomas Tuchel has warned against judging Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on his dress sense and his love of fast cars.

Tuchel has insisted that football’s special players must always be ‘a bit outside the box’, backing new signing Aubameyang to thrive at Chelsea.

The Gabon striker traveled to Italy to see specialists to have a mask fitted to protect his broken jaw.

The 33-year-old deadline day signing from Barcelona will miss Chelsea’s Premier League clash with West Ham on Saturday but could even train on Sunday to test his mask.

Aubameyang fractured his jaw when he was attacked by thieves at his home in Spain but is now determined to make a quick return to his new club.

Charismatic goalscorer Aubameyang was sacked as Arsenal captain over disciplinary issues and then left north London for Barcelona last summer.

But Tuchel insists his former Borussia Dortmund hitman will be a major asset at Chelsea.

“He was the kind of whimsical personality that everyone wanted to talk about and that’s also nice, right?” said Tuchel.

“Not everyone has to dress in dark blue with a boring cap!

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang unveils a Black Panther waxwork at Madame Tussauds last year (Ian West/PA)

“You can have a nice haircut and a nice car.

“It’s a problem to judge people very, very quickly, to look at this or that car and suggest that someone is unprofessional.

“Maybe he’s just a bit crazier than us. And that’s fine, because you have to think outside the box a bit to be special on the pitch.

“So for the number of goals he scored, for the attention he garnered, he was a very, very wise number nine at Dortmund and I have no doubt he will be here too.”

Asked why Tuchel is so confident that Aubameyang won’t be a problem for Chelsea after his troubles at Arsenal, the Blues boss continued: “Because I know him, I trained him and I didn’t have any problems. no problem, and the problems I explained were a problem where we set ourselves a rule as a club.

“We wanted the team to stay in Dortmund for two games, and it was the only time he really broke a rule in two years as the team’s top dog, so there was nothing to worry about. other.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, left, with manager Thomas Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund

Aubameyang, left, played under Thomas Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund (Adam Davy/PA)

“Even when we talked about it with the team and we left him out for a very important Champions League game, he accepted that.

“And then the next game he scored four goals and he ran right up to me and hugged me.

“He’s a very warm person and I think as soon as he understands why you do things and what you demand of him, I have no problem.

“That’s why I spoke warmly of him. I have a good connection with him and there is no risk to our dressing room or our building.

Aubameyang has previously spoken of ‘unfinished business’ on his return to the Premier League, clearly aiming to prove a point to Arsenal.

Now, Tuchel has praised Aubameyang for his determination to even get rid of the scary home invasion incident.

“It’s the most horrible situation you can think of, and he even injured himself physically with his broken jaw,” Tuchel said.

“Then let’s see if he can handle it and digest it.”

“He will get all the help and support we can give him.

“But as I know Auba, he will love to talk about football very soon and will love to sweat it out of his head very soon.

“But of course it’s something extraordinary that no one would want to experience.

“We will try with a mask, it depends a bit on what the specialists who create the mask say to him, and how he adapts to the mask.

“So maybe, maybe it could be Tuesday (in Zagreb), maybe it’s Fulham, maybe it’s a week later. It’s after the international break at the latest. .

“But we will try to push things and Auba is happy to push things.

“So he’s over there now at the specialist getting his mask done, and he’s trying I think on Sunday in training.”

On Friday night, Chelsea announced that 20-year-old striker Armando Broja had signed a new long-term contract until 2028.

“I’m at a loss for words just thinking about it,” he told Chelsea’s website. “It’s the club I’ve dreamed of playing all my life, the club I support and the club I love. I’ve been here since I was a boy so it’s a surreal feeling for me and my family.

“Being able to put on the blue shirt with the first team is a dream come true. It’s amazing every minute of playing on the pitch because it’s one of the biggest clubs in the world. There’s always competition and everyone wants to play, so I’m just happy to have the opportunity to be part of it. I hope I will play a lot of games and be part of the success of the team.


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