Anthony Barry hails Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea’s ‘first-class’ coaching training ahead of Premier League opener


Chelsea manager Anthony Barry has hailed head coach Thomas Tuchel and the set-up at Cobham ahead of the new season.

The coach joined Chelsea from Wigan Athletic after meeting former Blues manager Frank Lampard during their time together on a training course.

Since then, Barry has been linked with several opportunities as head coach himself, with the likes of Cardiff City and Fleetwood reportedly approaching him in the past.

However, Barry decided to stay at Chelsea to learn under Tuchel, after he and the rest of the back office staff helped lift the UEFA Champions League in the German’s first season at the club. club.

Anthony Barry, Chelsea manager. (Alamy)

Despite Lampard’s attempt to convince his former coach to join him at Everton, Barry remained loyal and remained under Tuchel’s regime at Chelsea while Joe Edwards moved on to become Lampard’s assistant manager.

Barry has now opened up about his relationship with Tuchel, Speaking exclusively on the official Chelsea website.

He said: “I’m an adopted German now and in return I teach Scouse to the guys!” he joked.

“I am very lucky to be part of this group of employees.

“Talking about them and the work they do is not the right place to start because talking about them as people is the most important thing.”

He continued to praise the rest of the backroom staff, revealing he learned from Tuchel’s team.

“From Thomas to Arno (Michels), Benni (Weber) and Jogi (Zsolt Low), they are top people.

“The way they’ve been with me and the way they’ve integrated me into the staff, I couldn’t be more grateful.

“The level of work they produce, for a young coach like me, to help me and share my ideas in a circle like that, is just top class.”

Whether Barry dreams of becoming a head coach himself one day remains to be seen, but as he continues to learn under Tuchel, the pair will hope to bring further success to Stamford Bridge.

Anthony Barry and Arno Michels.  (Alamy)
Anthony Barry and Arno Michels. (Alamy)

As the season draws near, Chelsea will take on Lampard’s Everton as Barry faces familiar faces with Lampard, Edwards and Ashley Cole all currently working on Merseyside.

Tuchel is hoping to add to his squad ahead of the new season, giving Barry and the rest of the backroom staff more quality to coach as they look to challenge at the top of the Premier League.

Defense is a much-needed area for improvement after the Blues lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen with no word on whether a defender will arrive before the start of the Premier League season.


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