Manchester United legend claims Thomas Tuchel’s sacking has been proven

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Thomas Tuchel was sacked from his job as Chelsea manager back in September, and the decision came as a shock to many, as the German had guided Chelsea to win the Champions League just last year.

However, Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel believes Tuchel’s  sack has been proven to be the right call after Kepa Arrizabalaga’s fine start this season.

With Mendy absent due to injury, Kepa has come in and has been excellent, and is so far the first choice under Graham Potter.

“The stats are incredible and without him, yes, it would’ve looked a lot different for Chelsea, no doubt about that,” Schmeichel told Stadium Astro.

“But you know when people ask, ‘what’s the point in changing the manager?’, here you have great proof of what it can do.

“So someone comes in to a new squad of players, he’s been working with a certain style of player that he’s done fantastically well with at Brighton, but he comes in [to a squad] with strong players, all of them, big personalities, very expensive, making a lot of money, he comes in and looks at everyone with fresh eyes.

“He comes in to a situation where Mendy, who has been fantastic for Chelsea, is out injured so Kepa is playing. He’s looking at this guy and he’s doing really well, he fits in.

“He [Potter] is not bound by former performances, and we see that with his team selection actually all around, he’s been like that.

“He’s come in with fresh eyes and he’s changed the fortunes of one player, Kepa.

“Kepa’s responded really well, he’s shown us he’s got an incredibly strong mentality, which is like 50 per cent of a goalkeeper’s ability, how strong you are between your ears, can you respond to pressure, can you recover from mistakes? It’s all about that with goalkeeping, it’s not so much about the saves, at this level you have to be able to do that, it’s all about how you recover from what’s not going well.”