It took him 15 months to get here but Thomas Tuchel is finally reaching the end of his rope at Chelsea.
4-2 home defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday was too much even for the brilliant German.
And his testy post-match interview showed how trying to maintain order at this west London madhouse is taking its toll.
for Tuchel couldn’t fathom how a team had that played so brilliantly against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu could be so damn awful exactly a week later.
However, for as long as most people can remember, Chelsea have always been a basket case for a football club.
From the days when Ken Bates bought them for a pound and installed electric fences, to the eerie opulence by Roman Abramovich.
But now the oligarchic owner has been evicted by government sanctions – and the cracks at Stamford Bridge are beginning to show.
Important defenders Antonio RudigerCesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen are all keen to leave the team that were crowned Club World Champions just two months ago.
Defender Thiago Silva, currently the oldest outfield player in the Premier League at 37, is suddenly aging.
Midfield pairing N’Golo Kante and Jorginho have been far from their usual pace for months.
And that’s before we even get to it Record signing Romelu Lukaku, the £97.5million striker who can’t smack a cow’s butt with a banjo.
But the meticulous Tuchel can’t even start planning for the next season because he doesn’t know who his boss will be.
As things stand, a bunch of US bankers are poring over the credentials of three rival syndicates vying for the right to take the club out of Abramovich’s hands.
Hopefully a decision will finally be made within the next month, although given the way the deadline keeps being pushed back, Tuchel probably shouldn’t hold his breath.
But it’s safe to assume that whoever gets the nod to take the reins of Chelsea won’t be as generous as his predecessor.
Having at his disposal the plundered wealth of the Russian people, Abramovich could afford to be as lavish as he liked when it came to funding his various managers.
And no doubt the next few owners will want to announce their acquisition with a big splash to appease worried supporters who fear the Chelsea gravy move will hit the buffers.
But with Manchester United, Arsenal and Spurs also planning major overhauls this summer, the price tag for any half-decent player will be steep.
So the days of Chelsea just clicking their fingers at every passing whim are almost certainly over.
It has been just eight weeks since Chelsea faced Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final, with only Kepa Arrizabalaga’s penalty separating the two sides.
But they’ve since moved in opposite directions and next month’s Wembley rematch in the FA Cup final could be a real eye-opener for the new owners.
Even if Chelsea somehow manage to lift the trophy, Tuchel is unlikely to be appeased while his side sit a distant third in the Premier League.
And how he fills that gap is a dilemma even his bulging brain struggles with.
‘Culture’ club full of idiots
BECAUSE they haven’t lost all their money paying their biggest stars yet, arsenal are now hiring a fancy consultancy to conduct a “cultural review” of the club.
A team of professional advisors will conduct a thorough investigation into the way the Gooners are run before publishing their findings in a report entitled The Arsenal Way.
But to save you a few million pounds, here’s my free version.
Arsenal’s path is to start each season with the goal of qualifying for the Champions League before losing to Crystal Palace in the run-in and narrowly missing out on the top 4.
Arsenal’s path is to spend a small fortune every summer on a few overpriced players who promise a lot but ultimately disappoint.
Arsenal’s path is to give ridiculous long-term deals to disinterested players who switch off before the ink has dried on their new deal.
And Arsenal’s path is to still believe they are one of the greatest clubs despite not having challenged for the title in 18 years.
Is that enough culture for you?
The heavyweight champion is undeterred by questions about ties to suspected drug lord Kinahan ahead of time Title fight on Saturday with Dillian Whyte.
Fury said: “It’s none of my business. I have never been close to anyone other than my wife and children.”
Kinahan’s involvement in boxing is a throwback to the days when the sport was owned by the mafia, before convicted murderer Don King started to rule.
It’s another reason so many people have concerns about seeing two highly trained athletes repeatedly smack each other in the head for maximum physical damage.
Watching the excellent BBC documentary series Muhammad Ali is a stark reminder of just how brutal and dangerous the sport is.
And as exciting as a spectacle boxing can be, I am sure there will be a time in the not too distant future when we will look back at these fights and wonder how they were ever allowed to happen.
AMIR KHAN has just had his £71,000 watch and Charles Leclerc’s £245,000 watch stolen was stolen from his wrist as he posed for a photo this week.
But surely the biggest thieves are the jewelers who charge such ridiculous sums for their ostentatious jewellery.
It seems that every two weeks we get reports of high profile athletes being attacked by burglars for their Franck Mullers or their Richard Milles.
It begs the question why these stars need such expensive chronometers if not just to show off their wealth to anyone and everyone.
Do these watches tell the time better? Another, fancier time? Or do they just tell you it’s time to get a damn big guard dog.
The search for England’s next Test captain is on and they need look no further than Ben Stokes.
Stuart Broad, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and even Rory Burns have all been suggested as alternatives to Stokes as a possible successor to Joe Root.
But none of them are even guaranteed a place on a team that changes more often than the Duchess of Cambridge on a royal tour.
So unless we appoint someone to only do field placements, Stokes is the only viable option to take the team out in June’s first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/18334869/tuchel-chelsea-madhouse-comment-irwin-rudiger/ Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel finally reached the end of the shackles after trying to hold it together at his west London madhouse