Thomas Tuchel has warned against judging Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on his dress sense and love of fast cars.
Tuchel insisted that football’s special players must always “think a little bit outside the box” to support new signing Aubameyang for him to thrive at Chelsea.
The Gabon striker has traveled to Italy to have specialists make a mask to protect his broken jaw.
Signed from Barcelona on deadline day, the 33-year-old will miss Chelsea’s Premier League clash with West Ham on Saturday but could even train on Sunday to test his mask.
Aubameyang suffered a broken jaw when he was attacked by robbers at his home in Spain but is now determined to get back playing at his new club quickly.
Charismatic goalscorer Aubameyang was sacked as Arsenal captain over disciplinary issues and left north London for Barcelona last summer.
But Tuchel insists his former Borussia Dortmund hitman will be a huge asset to Chelsea.
“He was the kind of chic personality that everyone wanted to talk about and that’s nice too, isn’t it?” said Tuchel.
“Not everyone needs to dress in dark blue with a boring beanie!
“You can have a nice haircut and a fancy car.
“It’s a problem to judge people very, very quickly, to look at this car or that car and to imply that someone is unprofessional.
“Maybe he’s just a little crazier than us. And that’s very good, because you have to think a little bit outside the box to be special on the field.
“So for the number of goals he’s scored, for the amount of attention he’s gotten, he’s been a very, very good number 9 at Dortmund and I have no doubt he’ll be here too.”
Asked why Tuchel is so confident Aubameyang won’t be a problem at Chelsea after his problems with Arsenal, the Blues boss continued: “Because I know him, I’ve coached him and I haven’t had any problems, and the problems, which I explained was an issue on which we decided generally as a club.
“We wanted the team to stay in Dortmund for two games and that was the only time he really broke a rule in two years as the team’s top dog, so there was nothing else.
“Even when we discussed it with the team and left him out for a very important Champions League game, he accepted that.
“And then in the next game he scored four goals and ran right up to me and hugged me.
“He’s a very warm person and I think once he understands why you’re doing things and what you’re asking of him I have zero problems.
“That’s why I spoke warmly about him. I have a good connection with him and there is no risk to our dressing room or our building.”
Aubameyang has already spoken of “unfinished business” on his Premier League return and is clearly aiming to prove Arsenal a point.
Now, Tuchel has praised Aubameyang for his determination to even shrug off the frightening home invasion incident.
“It’s the most horrific situation imaginable and he was even physically injured with his broken jaw,” said Tuchel.
“Let’s see if he can handle it and digest it.
“He will have all the help and support we can give him.
“But knowing Auba very soon he will be happy to talk about football and very soon love to get it out of his head by sweating it out.
“But of course it is something extraordinary that no one wants to experience.
“We’re going to try a mask, it depends a bit on what the specialists who make the mask for him say and how he adapts to the mask.
“So maybe, maybe it could be Tuesday (in Zagreb), maybe it’s Fulham, maybe it’s a week later. After the international break at the latest.
“But we will try to move things forward and Auba likes to move things forward.
“So now he’s out there at the specialist to have his mask done and he’s trying, I think, in practice on Sunday.”
On Friday night Chelsea announced that their 20-year-old striker Armando Broja had signed a new long-term contract until 2028.
“I’m really at a loss for words just thinking about it,” he told the Chelsea website. “It’s the club I’ve wanted to play for my whole life, the club I support and the club I love. I’ve been here since I was a boy so it’s a surreal feeling for me and my family.
“Being able to don the blue jersey with the first team is a dream come true. It’s amazing every minute to play on the pitch because this is one of the biggest clubs in the world. There’s always competition and everyone wants to play, so I’m just glad I have the opportunity to be a part of it. Hopefully I can play a lot of games and be a part of the team’s success.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/pierreemerick-aubameyang-borussia-dortmund-barcelona-italy-gabon-b2158777.html Don’t judge Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his ‘crazy’ style of dressing – Thomas Tuchel