Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed his team won’t get lazy after coming off a crucial 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League away from home in the 1st leg.
The Blues came off another impressive win against a very strong side which has led to them being looked like a big team once again since the sacking of Frank Lampard which is now seen as the right decision.
Chelsea will be going up against Manchester United next in the Premier League during the weekend after beating Atletico Madrid away from home in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 by a 1nil scoreline.
Thomas Tuchle has issued a warning to his star players and also their next opponents after their impressive win which they will go through some high level games before the return leg against Atletico at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel has urged his Chelsea side to not get into their comfort zone after an important 1-0 away win over Atletico Madrid which represents the first match in a tough run of games which includes Liverpool and Arsenal.
The Blues will be going up against Manchester United next, it will be a big test of their’ quality as Chelsea remain unbeaten in the eight games after Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard last month.
Thomas Tuchel Talked Ahead Of The 2nd Leg:
After being asked about Mason Mount and Jorginho’s suspensions from the second leg, Tuchel spoke about the need to not get complacent after his biggest win yet as Blues manager.
“Don’t forget Jorginho, we will miss two crucial players in the second leg, it makes things not easy for us,” he said at Arena Nationala. “I am very happy with the performance of everybody, that includes Mason of course.
“Again, a good effort, a big effort, high work rate, high intensity like we are used to when he plays like this. He has a big impact on our team. Honestly, we now play Man Utd, Everton, Liverpool and Leeds, it is 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.”
He Added About Olivier Giroud:
Olivier Giroud’s acrobatic overhead kick won the match on Tuesday night and, having left him out of four of his eight games so far, Tuchel admits that the France international could play more often.
“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 expected more spaces behind the last line and we wanted more runs from deep. I had only three changes because in our league, it is only possible to have three changes. I wasn’t too happy in my decisions in the game against 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, fitness and influence 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 have really the feeling he enjoys every day being a professional soccer player on this level and this is the level he needs to be. He trains like a 20-year-old, like a 24-year-old.
“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.”