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Tuchel determined to seal Champions League qualification

Mon 17 May 2021 | 16:16

Thomas Tuchel believes the Blues will express their determination after back-to-back losses and seal Champions League qualification.

Chelsea

will welcome

Leicester

on Tuesday, fully aware that a win will help them leapfrog the third-placed Foxes, before locking horns with

Aston Villa

on Sunday.

Blues manager

Thomas Tuchel

revealed that he does not have any regrets after their FA Cup final loss at the hands of Leicester on Saturday; however, he admitted that Liverpool had made it harder for them after Alisson’s late winner at West Brom saw them move closer to Chelsea.

"

The setback was the Arsenal game [a 1-0 defeat last week],"

said the Chelsea head coach.

"It is our fault that it is so close again. We let the door open and Liverpool put a foot in the door.

"This is what they do, this is a strong team.

"We had a huge effort to overcome them and to close the gap to overtake them. This is what we did and we can be aware of this huge performance that we did so far. But we want to finish the job.

"We are in the lucky situation that we can rely on ourselves and don't have to look at other grounds."

Tuchel was "fighting hard" to help his side recover.

"

The margins are so tight in football for wins and losses. It's easy to handle your self-confidence when you win but nobody needs to be afraid of the situation,"

Tuchel said as the German admitted doubts were inevitable.

"If we bring out the same performance as in the final, the same work rate and energy, improve with details in the match, we are able to win games. We are aware we need momentum and luck in any match for results."

Tuchel stated that omitting Tammy Abraham from the squad in their battle against Brendan Rodger’s side was nothing ‘personal’.

"

It's just on the amount of people I can nominate for a game,"

he explained.

"I decided to start with Timo as the No 9 and we had Kai and Oli who can play No 9 so we decided not to have three No 9s on the bench.

"Since I arrived here everybody deserves to be in the squad. I understand his frustration and this was not the first time. We have other guys with the same situation.

"This is not the moment to complain and this is not the moment to explain too much. This is the moment to live in the moment and these are the decisive two weeks of the whole season."

At the same time, the Blues manager is hoping that Antonio Rudiger, whose contract will expire next summer, will remain at Stamford Bridge after playing a crucial role for the club since January.

"

If Toni wants to stay at the club then he has our full support,"

said Tuchel.

"Nothing is better than what is doing for a new contract. He is speaking with his performances and has been amazing.

"He is very brave and full of energy in his defending. He is leading by example and has a very positive aggressivity in him. This is what we like.

"When he can channel all this into top performances, we are all very happy to have him.'


source: SportMob

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