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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played a grand total of 59 minutes for Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea

Josh Lawless

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played a grand total of 59 minutes for Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's reunion with Thomas Tuchel was incredibly short-lived after the German boss was sacked by Chelsea just five days after he signed.

Aubameyang flourished under Tuchel at Dortmund, scoring 79 goals and winning the DFB-Pokal in their two seasons together.

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With Chelsea desperate for a new number nine to replace Romelu Lukaku, Tuchel turned to Aubameyang and he ended his six-month stint with Barcelona to return to England in a £10.3 million move.

Immediately Aubameyang expressed his delight over linking up with Tuchel, saying: We had some good times in Dortmund together so I am really happy to play for [Tuchel] again.”

However, the second stint of Aubameyang and Tuchel's story was not anywhere near as productive as the first.


The former Arsenal star played just 59 minutes for Tuchel at Chelsea, having been handed his debut in the 1-0 Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night.

Aubameyang, who played with a protective mask after suffering a broken jaw in a terrifying armed robbery, struggled in his first appearance for the Blues.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

He did have the ball in the net in the second half but Ben Chilwell was ruled offside in what was the first use of the new semi-automated offside technology in the Champions League.

Aubameyang was replaced by Armando Broja just before the hour mark. Asked about his first outing, Tuchel replied: "I will not talk about individuals today."

A day after a third defeat of the season, Tuchel was relieved of his duties seven games into the new campaign.

Thomas Tuchel after the loss against Dinamo Zagreb. (Alamy)
Thomas Tuchel after the loss against Dinamo Zagreb. (Alamy)

Chelsea announced the news on their official website and thanked the former PSG coach for his service, which included delivering a Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup.

Brighton boss Graham Potter is the early favourite to take the reins, while Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane have also been touted as candidates.

Featured Image Credit: Image: Alamy & Chelsea

Topics: Chelsea, Premier League, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Tuchel

Josh Lawless
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