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Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick has endorsed a Chelsea side with “huge potential” to go deeper into the Champions League this season.
The Blues reached the knockout stage of Europe’s elite club competition, finishing at the top of Group E. Frank Lampard led them to four wins and two draws in six games, but is no longer in charge.
He was fired in January after a losing streak of results, with Thomas Tuchel entering the dugout. The German strategist has made an encouraging start to life at Stamford Bridge.
He has won five of his first six games in charge, and the West Londoners are now fourth in the table. They face a tough challenge to advance in the Champions League after drawing against Atlético de Madrid.
Diego Simeone’s men have a six-point lead at the top of the League, with one game less. They weren’t as dominant in Europe, winning just two of their group games to finish second behind Bayern.
But Los Rojiblancos are on fire nationally, having won nine of 11 games. He has lost only once in the entire season: to Real Madrid on December 12.
However, Flick believes that, under Tuchel, Chelsea can surpass the Spanish.
“Chelsea have enormous potential both in terms of quality and quantity,” he said. France Soccer. “It is a young team with a lot of talent. They can go far in the Champions League this season.
“Thomas has gained experience at PSG that will benefit him at Chelsea. He’s ready for this challenge. “
Tuchel taking a cautious approach
After winning four consecutive Premier League games, Chelsea will face Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday. Every game is vital, with a top four spot as the minimum requirement for the capital’s team this term.
Attention will then turn to Atlético and how to take down an excellent defensive team. He has only conceded 14 league goals all season and Tuchel knows it won’t be easy.
“We will do our best to get through, but you know very well that Atlético is the best in the league and is by far the best in the league in Spain,” he said after Monday’s win over Newcastle United.
“They are one of the toughest teams in Spain and they continue to be a challenge. It’s a two-game elimination as you well know. “
Following the trip to Romania, Chelsea welcome Manchester United at Bridge for another great showdown in the top flight.
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