And having spent the last six months or so inside Pep Guardiola’s head, he can be considered evicted for now.
Instead, the German will be left to think about his own role in this first loss of the season for Chelsea that saw them miss a chance to open a six-point gap over Premier League champions Manchester City.
He made a mistake in the selection of his team, waited too long to make the necessary adjustments and in the end he could consider himself lucky to lose to the lone goal of Gabriel Jesús.
It was Guardiola who was accused of overthinking last season’s Champions League final, naming a starting eleven that included neither a midfielder nor a forward.
But this time, it was Tuchel who offered a confusing lineup, with N’Golo Kante as his most creative midfielder. As a result, the French international did not deliver the cunning as a liaison man, nor the winning qualities of the ball that are his hallmark. Too many times he was overlooked in an opening period in which City dominated.
It left Chelsea with Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner stranded on the pitch, their teammates scrambling to find them in front of the visiting press.
With Mason Mount injured, Tuchel had chosen not to open Kai Havertz and how he lost the German’s ability to hold the ball and run towards the players.
Too often, Lukaku and Werner lacked the touch and connection to punish City while Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte commanded the Chelsea forwards.
In Tuchel’s defense, he could point to an early injury to Reece James as a reason for not making what is becoming a regular switch at halftime. But with the goalless game at halftime he lost the opportunity to make a decisive intervention.
It’s not like he didn’t know the game was against him. He sliced through an agitated figure during the first half and as the game came to a close, he was apoplectic with every decision that went against his side.
However, he could not complain about the result. City were a deserved winner and, had it not been for the heroics of Edouard Mendy and a punt on the goal line by Thiago Silva, they would have left Stamford Bridge with a much more attractive margin of victory.
Even more upsetting for Tuchel will be the fact that the deciding goal, eight minutes after the break, was the kind that Chelsea do not concede.
They were too slow to react to a short corner, too slow to close Joao Cancelo on the edge of the box as he pulled away. And despite having all three centrals in Jesus, they allowed the Brazilian to control the ball with his back to the goal, turn and shoot, deflecting his shot on his way to the corner of the net.
Only then did Tuchel make the necessary adjustment with Havertz entering for Kante at the hour mark. There was still time to salvage something and the man who scored the winning goal in the Champions League final had an immediate effect, firing Lukaku to put the ball in the back of the net.
He was ruled out for offside, but at one point he showed what Chelsea had been lacking in the previous hour.
Although Tuchel was wrong, Guardiola qualified him perfectly.
With Phil Foden as a false nine, he dominated the midfield. Kante’s influence was practically nullified, Jorginho couldn’t get the ball out of Chelsea’s half fast enough and it was only Mateo Kovacic’s run that eased the pressure on the home side, even if his last ball missed him too often. .
In contrast, the movement and swift passing of Bernardo Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Rodri saw City take full control.
But that’s to be expected often and Tuchel’s success against Guardiola, beating him three times last season, stems from his ability to quickly counterattack and ruthlessly exploit City at halftime.
The potential to do that again was still clear and Chelsea came close to making Guardiola pay again in the first half.
A quick pass from Marcos Alonso to Werner gave the forward the opportunity to execute Rubén Dias. His touch carried him too far to shoot on target, but he was alert enough to cross Lukaku, who looked ready to open the scoring before Cancelo intervened.
It would be the only real chance Chelsea would have, and with it any chance of getting something out of the game disappeared.