“Exhausted all avenues of remaining together” were the words used by mates of Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel and his wife, who have been married for 13 years.
After numerous attempts to keep the family together, the Blues manager and his 46-year-old wife Sissi filed for divorce last week.
Tuchel, 48, has been dealing with the impact from the sanctions imposed on the club’s Russian oligarch owner, Roman Abramovich, as well as the dissolution of his marriage.
Mrs Tuchel, a former journalist, arrived to the UK in August, seven months after her husband, former PSG manager Thomas Tuchel, joined Chelsea.
He lived in a motel near the training facility in Cobham, Surrey, at first, before establishing a family home nearby.
“Sissi and Thomas attempted to avoid splitting but in the end there was no other option,” a source told the Mail on Sunday.
“It’s heartbreaking, and now it’s all about making sure their daughters come first.” Last Monday, papers were filed to start the divorce process.”
Tuchel, who is thought to earn at least £7 million each year, could potentially be facing a multi-million-pound divorce settlement.
His wife is said to have left her job at the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung to raise their children.
Sources close to the couple claim they want to maintain the situation “amicable,” therefore she could be entitled to a portion of his future profits as well as up to half of his existing income.
Mrs Tuchel ran across the pitch at Porto’s Estadio do Dragao with her husband to celebrate Chelsea’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Manchester City.
She’s also been hailed for assisting her husband in his managing career, in which he’s won a slew of awards in England, France, and Germany.
“Sissi is no idiot, she isn’t your archetypal footballer’s wife, and she is an intelligent woman,” a source added.
The news of the couple’s breakup comes following the Blues’ shocking 4–1 loss to Brentford yesterday.
Tuchel has been praised for how he handled the club’s restraints after Abramovich was sanctioned as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The team is still looking for new owners, and it is now unable to sell game tickets, recruit new players, or offer new contracts to existing players.
Chelsea supporters have been criticising the US Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and his family’s takeover plan.