THOMAS TUCHEL’s final act as Chelsea manager could prove to be an absolute masterpiece.
The axed Chelsea boss signed his former Borussia Dortmund player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang just days before owner Todd Boehly gave him the boot.
Eyebrows were raised when the Blues signed the 33-year-old and even more questions were asked when Tuchel was sacked soon after.
But in a game against AC Milan so much rested on, Aubameyang showed the killer instinct all the best strikers have to suggest he could be a big player for Graham Potter.
Before the duel against the Italian champions, no less than three points would be enough.
Chelsea had just one point in their first two Champions League games and a defeat would make qualifying for the last 16 a near-impossible task.
The Blues have not shone under Potter since the ex-Brighton boss was brought in to replace Tuchel.
Tonight, however, things seemed to be falling into place.
Aubameyang opened his Blues account over the weekend, finishing second in that 3-0 two-game win with his close-range finish.
It wasn’t just his aim to make Potter coo, however.
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Tuchel brought in the former Arsenal captain for his overall game as well as his final work which featured against AC Milan.
Now that Aubameyang has had a few weeks to settle in, it’s clear he’s getting to know his team-mates better.
The 33-year-old was always keen to keep the game going, playing the ball with his first touch to Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling.
He showed the killer instinct Chelsea have been missing by being in the right place at the right time to blast home a cross from Reece James.
The forward position has plagued the Blues for so long, but perhaps Aubameyang is finally the man to end that curse.
Next up for the Blues is the second leg against AC Milan, the most difficult game of the group stage.
A win there and Potter’s side have one foot in the round of 16.
And now the Blues have someone in Aubameyang who can finish off James’ incredible deliveries, Potter will be confident of doing just that.
Perhaps he has his predecessor Tuchel to thank for that.
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