Thomas Tuchel has urged his Chelsea facet to not get into their consolation zone after an necessary 1-0 away win over Atletico Madrid which represents the primary match in a troublesome run of video games.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Leeds are next within the Premier League, forward of Chelsea welcoming Diego Simeone’s facet to Stamford Bridge within the second leg of their Champions League tie.
It will probably be a giant take a look at of the Blues’ high quality as Chelsea stay unbeaten within the eight video games after Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard final month.
What did Tuchel say?
After being requested about Mason Mount and Jorginho’s suspensions from the second leg, Tuchel spoke concerning the want to not get complacent after his largest win but as Blues supervisor.
“Don’t forget Jorginho, we will miss two crucial players [in the second leg], it makes things not easy for us,” he mentioned at Arena Nationala. “I am very happy with the performance of everybody, that includes Mason of course.
“Again, an excellent effort, a giant effort, excessive work fee, excessive depth like we’re used to when he performs like this. He has a big effect on our workforce. Honestly, we now play Man Utd, Everton, Liverpool and Leeds, it’s good like this.
“We cannot get comfortable; we cannot get lazy. These games will push us to our limits, then we will think about our solutions for the second leg.”
What about match-winner Giroud?
Olivier Giroud’s acrobatic overhead kick received the match on Tuesday evening and, having left him out of 4 of his eight video games thus far, Tuchel admits that the France worldwide may play extra typically.
“No, it was not [that we saved him for Atletico],” he added. “We thought long and hard about putting him in. It was clearly a possibility that he starts against Southampton [after scoring versus Newcastle], then we analysed them and they are a very aggressive team and they press and play high up the pitch.
“So we anticipated extra areas behind the final line and we wished extra runs from deep. I had solely three modifications as a result of in our league, it is just doable to have three modifications. I wasn’t too pleased in my selections within the recreation in opposition to Southampton.
“Maybe we missed the opportunity to bring him on at the end, but then I can say I saved him for today!”
Tuchel continued by praising Giroud’s professionalism, health and affect on the squad at 34 years of age: “If you see him daily, you cannot be surprised. He is totally fit, his body is in shape and his physicality is on top level.
“Mentally, I’ve actually the sensation he enjoys each day being knowledgeable soccer participant on this stage and that is the extent he wants to be. He trains like a 20-yr-previous, like a 24-yr-previous.
“He is a guy who has a good mixture of serious and joy in training. He is always positive and it is a big factor for the group. He starts, when he comes from the bench, he has all these qualities and it is good like this.”