Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has expressed concern over Chelsea’s Champions League qualification heat with a chance to avenge the “hurt” from their FA Cup final defeat when they host Leicester on Tuesday, May 18.
Tuchel said this during a premier league news conference.
Liverpool’s late winner at West Brom on Sunday, May 16, increased the pressure on Chelsea in the race for the top four but, however Thomas Tuchel says his team is very much in control of its own destiny and thus, “do not have to look at other grounds”.
According to Tuchel :
“I came home in the afternoon and I checked on the television and saw 1-1,”
“I was a bit superstitious and did not follow. I checked again in the 95th minute and it was still 1-1. Then one minute later! I had to realize superstitions does not work all the time.
“It was a fantastic header in the last minute that makes things interesting and tight. It’s still in our hands.
“The setback for us was the Arsenal game. We let the door open so Liverpool have a foot in the door. They’re a strong team and it’s what they do.
“We make a huge effort to overtake them and this is what we did. We should be aware of the huge performance we’ve made so far but we need to finish the job.
“We need to rely on ourselves because we are in the situation where we don’t have to look at other grounds”.
Tuchel, reacting the the FA Cup final defeat to Leicester, said:
“It hurt us because once you reach a final you want to win”
“We were so close and overcame a huge opponent (Man City) in the semi-final. We had the feeling we deserved to be in the final and after the match we had the feeling we deserved to win.
“So we were hurt. We were disappointed about the result but not too disappointed about our performance.”
Chelsea, have recorded two defeats in their last two matches including the FA Cup final against Leicester.
With their intended top four finish at the back of their mind, the Blues will be hosting the Foxes at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, May 18, knowing only a victory will secure their possible qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Chelsea’s manager Thomas Tuchel says that with fans returning to watch the final home game on Tuesday, that this will entirely boast to gear a positive result for his side.
“In some matches in which we’ve struggled with momentum, I’ve had the feeling that supporters could help and be crucial to our team,”
“Having the fans back will be fantastic and I hope they come in the right moment to secure a last win at Stamford Bridge this season.”