Tuchel urges his team to focus ahead Man City game

Chelsea Head Coach Thomas Tuchel has urged his players to keep their focus ahead of their game against Manchester City. The Blues, who will play Man City in the Champions League final, travel to Etihad stadium on Saturday knowing that a win could bolster their chances of qualifying for Champions League next season.

A defeat for Chelsea will hand Manchester City the Premier League title, and Thomas Tuchel has claimed the weekend game is important to both sides. Speaking to reporters ahead of the game, Tuchel admitted his players were happy after booking their place in Champions League final, but urged them to focus on the next objective – finishing in top four. The German added “It was a nice morning Thursday to arrive and see everybody happy, but the schedule keeps us busy.”

The possibility they can become champions if they win against us will not lower their determination. They had one more day to recover, they don’t have to travel, it gives them a bit the upper hand. We saw how crucial that can be these days when they arrived at Wembley in the [FA Cup] semi-final and we had one more day.”

We have to deal with it. The final in Istanbul will be pretty unique no matter what the score is tomorrow. I try to prepare it in the normal way. The challenge right now is to get our tiredness out of the legs and out of our brains, to refocus – this is the target right now, to be in good shape tomorrow.”

We will try exactly this. I can’t judge any result higher or any outcome higher than the other. It does not work like this, that you judge your goals and make one goal more important than the other.”

Reality is that you have to stay with your feet on the ground, because if you arrive in a final the fact is you have nothing won yet. We don’t want to be participants, we want to win it. This club is for achieving finals, but also winning finals and football games. This is the target.”

If we keep our momentum going, our atmosphere which is built on hard work, with laughter and a lot of respect and joy during our time together at Cobham here, this is what we have to do, to focus on the process and hopefully get the reward.”

The German praised Pep Guardiola and said “If you play against Pep you know the most difficult games have arrived, because he is the coach of the best teams in Europe.”

His teams are always super hungry to win. He transforms any team into a winning machine. It was like this with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and it’s the same with Man City. They are the benchmark in the league, it’s a big gap, but like we did in the [FA Cup] semi-final it’s on us to close the gap for 90 minutes, then we will do the same thing in the final.”

We will arrive in the final full of confidence because we have the feeling we deserve to be there. Against Pep, you need to be on your very best coaching level.”

Source: Sky Sports

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