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The Blues boss has uttered a rallying cry for his team not to go down the ranks after a massive away win in the Champions League.
Thomas Tuchel has urged his Chelsea side to stay out of their comfort zone after an important 1-0 win over Atlético de Madrid, which represents the first game in a tough run of matches.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Leeds are next in the Premier League, ahead of Chelsea who host Diego Simeone’s side at Stamford Bridge in the second leg of their Champions League tie.
It will be a huge test of the Blues’ quality, as Chelsea remain undefeated in all eight games after Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard last month.
What did Tuchel say?
After being asked about Mason Mount and Jorginho’s suspensions in the second leg, Tuchel spoke about the need not to get complacent after his biggest win as the Blues coach.
“Don’t forget about Jorginho, we will miss two crucial players [in the second leg]It makes things difficult for us, “he said in Arena Nationala.” I’m very happy with everyone’s performance, including Mason, of course.
“Again, a good effort, a great effort, high work rate, high intensity as we are used to when he plays like this. It has a huge impact on our team. Honestly, now we play Man Utd, Everton, Liverpool and Leeds, it’s good. So.
“We cannot get comfortable; we cannot be lazy. These games will push us to the limit, then we will think about our solutions for the second leg.”
What about the winner of the Giroud match?
Olivier Giroud’s acrobatic aerial kick won the match Tuesday night and, having knocked him out of four of his eight matches so far, Tuchel admits that the France international could play more often.
“Well it wasn’t [that we saved him for Atletico]”he added.” We thought a lot about putting it. It was clearly a possibility starting against Southampton. [after scoring versus Newcastle]Then we analyze them and they are a very aggressive team and they push and play at the top of the field.
“So we expected more spaces behind the back row and we wanted more runs from deep. I only had three changes because in our league, it’s only possible to have three changes. I was not very happy with my decisions in the game against Southampton.” .
“Maybe we missed the chance to bring it to the end, but then I can say I saved it for today!”
Tuchel went on to praise Giroud’s professionalism, fitness and influence on the squad at 34: “If you see him every day, you can’t be surprised. He’s totally fit, his body is in shape and his physique is at its best. level.
“Mentally, I really have the feeling that he enjoys every day being a professional footballer at this level and this is the level he should be at. He trains like a 20 year old, like a 24 year old player.
“He’s a guy who has a good mix of seriousness and playfulness in training. He’s always positive and he’s a great factor for the group. He starts, when he comes off the bench, he has all these qualities and he’s good like this.”