Antonio Rudiger, a departing Chelsea defender, has urged the club’s new owners against dismissing manager Thomas Tuchel.
When it comes to Tuchel, the German, who is on his way to Real Madrid, believes Chelsea should abandon their hire-and-fire policy.
Tuchel’s first season with the club resulted in a top-four finish and a Champions League trophy.
However, his second season at Stamford Bridge has been challenging, as the Blues failed to win the Premier League and lost both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals to Liverpool on penalties.
The Super Cup and Club World Cup have been its only silverware this season.
Antonio Rudiger, speaking to The Times, said, “I hope for this club that the mentality changes of sacking coaches so early when success is not there.
“I like to trust the process and with this coach, you can see there is a process.
“Chelsea can be very proud to have a coach like this. The way he handled himself. The way he handled things in those tough moments, you have to give him kudos for that, you have to give him credit for that.
“With all this noise around and everything, the way he managed us, to go out there in Santiago Bernabéu with all that was going on and to deliver something like this [beating Real Madrid away but being eliminated from the Champions League in extra time] you have to give him credit for that.
“For me, he is a phenomenal coach. He is up there with Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp.”