Thomas Tuchel was overjoyed to make the greatest possible first impression on Chelsea patron Roman Abramovich and believed that his triumph against Manchester City in the Champions League final on Saturday had already earned him a longer remain at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues beat thePremier League
winners deservedly at Estadio do Dragao, with
scoring the lone goal in the 42nd minute.
Tuchel arrived at Chelsea in January with the club at a low ebb following Frank Lampard's dismissal, but he has overseen a stunning turnaround, including a run to theChampions League
final that included victories against Porto, Atletico Madrid, and Real Madrid.
After being fired by Paris Saint-Germain, the former Borussia Dortmund manager signed an 18-month deal with London Blues.
Tuchel hinted to a provision in his contract being triggered by Chelsea's second European victory while recalling his first meeting with
on the pitch after the match.
"I'm not 100 per cent sure, but maybe I have already a new contract with that win. My manager [agent] said something about it – let's check this first," he said.
"I spoke to the owner right now on the pitch, it was the best moment for a first meeting. Or the maybe the worst, because from now on it can only get worse!
"We will speak tomorrow and I'm looking forward to this. I can assure him that I will stay hungry and want the next title.
"I feel really happy as part of a really ambitious club, part of a strong group that suits my beliefs and passion about football in this moment perfectly.
"My desire is to go for more victories, to grow as a coach and to push the squad on the first day of next season to the limit.
"We have work to do, we have to close the gap and this is what it's all about. He knows what's going on for me directly and it's nice to meet him."
Tuchel's unwillingness to wallow in triumph and instead focus on the next task was significant, and it was a phrase he repeated over and over.
Chelsea have already defeated the Cityzens three times in a row since mid-April and, despite finishing fourth this season, are likely to be considered serious challengers for
's domestic title next season.
"It's about the next one, honestly," he said. "I experienced it in a lower level with my first title in professional football and I was not surprised, it was even a nice feeling that it did not do too much to me.
"When we won the cup in Dortmund I did not arrive in the next training with less hunger, less desire or less ambition.
"Now is the time to celebrate for some days, to enjoy and to let it sink in. Of course this is the time now for one or two weeks, to talk about it and reflect on it, but then it does surprisingly not a lot to you.
"Nobody wants to rest, I don't want to rest. I want the next success, the next title, the next process on the same level of quality and consistency.
"I want to be a part of it and I demand to be a part of it. This is what comes next, make no mistake about it."
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