Thomas Tuchel was welcomed with applause and hugs upon his return to Chelsea on Friday, just hours before the Blues’ Club World Cup final match against Palmeiras.
The 2020/21 Coach of the Year was forced to watch from the bench, missing Chelsea’s FA Cup fourth-round win over Plymouth and the 1-0 victory over Al Hilal that secured Chelsea’s final. This was because he tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday.
After submitting the vital second negative test and coming from isolation, the German was hurriedly booked on a flight, rejoining his squad in time for dinner in the United Arab Emirates.
Chelsea shared a video on social media of Tuchel joining his team in the Blues’ Abu Dhabi dining room. Tuchel was applauded as he embraced his happy coaches and gave a notably warm greeting to Edouard Mendy as he made his rounds, according to the video.
On Saturday, the Blues boss will be in the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, hoping to add the Club World Cup to Chelsea’s trophy after Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard, and the rest of the team were beaten by Corinthians of Brazil in 2012.
Petr Cech conceded the only goal of that 1-0 defeat in Japan, and he warned Mason Mount that letting the trophy slip through his fingers was one of his greatest regrets.