He has fallen out with the powers that be at his former clubs but Thomas Tuchel is very much the glue holding Chelsea together right now and could do the same for Manchester United. Or despite his hat-trick, should it be Cristiano Ronaldo out, Mauricio Pochettino in? Results are key after all and as manager of the Premier League referees, Mike Riley has barely had a win all season. Time for him to go, perhaps? Express Sport’s Matthew Dunn looks at all the biggest and best talking points from England’s top flight.
THOMAS TUCHEL AT THE WHEEL
Ask anybody at PSG or Borussia Dortmund and Thomas Tuchel was often the loose cannon threatening to blow clubs apart rather than bring them together.
But while Bruce Buck remains conspicuous by his absence at the front line of those at Chelsea who could usefully answer a few questions, Tuchel is manfully trying to give brave answers to some unfathomable unknowns.
He has pledged his future to Stamford Bridge until the end of the season to give some stability in one aspect of the club’s immediate future and even often to drive the players to Lille if necessary to enable them to play their Champions League fixture this week.
It is precisely the sort of calm determination that Chelsea require in these difficult times and the leadership that has been sorely lacking at Old Trafford over the years.
United CEO Richard Arnold should be getting those diversion signs pointed toward Manchester as quickly as possible for when that seven-seater comes whizzing by with Tuchel at the wheel.
Then nobody had the confidence at Stockley Park to overrule him.
The steady decline of refereeing standards is in part to do with individuals. But as seemed to happen at Elland Road earlier this year – it is as though belief in the whole system has suddenly evaporated.
That, unfortunately, has to come down to the manager. For whatever reason, refereeing isn’t working in the Premier League at the moment and Mike Riley, head of the PGMOL, is the one who should pay the price.
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