Thomas Tuchel fires top four warning to Chelsea stars after Leicester win and blasts VAR

Thomas Tuchel fires top four warning to Chelsea stars after Leicester win and blasts VAR
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel insisted it is “no time for celebration” despite beating Leicester at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night for a huge boost in the club’s hopes of Champions League qualification and warned: “The job is not done. Two more to go.”
The Blues secured a 2-1 victory to get revenge on the Foxes just days after losing to Brendan Rodgers’ side at Wembley thanks to a Youri Tielemans stunner.

Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho fired the Londoners to a massive three points despite Kelechi Iheanacho pulling one back for the FA Cup winners.

Victory moves Chelsea on to 67 points, one clear of fourth-placed Leicester and four ahead of Liverpool, who are fifth but have one extra game to play against Burnley on Wednesday evening.

If Leicester and Liverpool win their final games and Tuchel’s side lose theirs, they will end up outside of the top four despite their largely excellent form under the manager since late January.

Chelsea face Aston Villa on the final day this Sunday before taking on Premier League champions Manchester City in the Champions League final the following Saturday, and Tuchel wants no let-up from his charges.

Tuchel said to Sky Sports: “Fantastic. It was an outstanding performance but the job is not done. We have two more to go. The fans made a huge difference.

“You see the speed in our game, the hunger, the ambition. It was a very, very strong performance and I’m delighted the team can present itself like this in front of our fans.

“We needed that for today. We were fired up from our loss against Arsenal. Today we did what we do. We played courageous, high intensity, aggressive. Happy to have the win but I need to repeat, it’s not done.

“I don’t feel comfortable celebrating now – for what? I’m not worried, I just say what’s needed.

“It was much better [than Sunday]. Top performance. First half was amazing, the quality and energy. Second half as well. We gave an easy goal away that made us suffer a bit in the end but overall a very deserved win.

“It’s still in our hands [finishing in the top four]. We need another huge performance, the same ambition, but with fans in the Aston Villa ground will be super hard.”

Timo Werner was denied what Tuchel felt was a “clear” penalty in the first half and the German coach laid into VAR for what he felt was another unjust decision.

He added: “The VAR decisions against us are horrible! This is the third time in a row now.

“Against Arsenal we have a goal denied with the handball, then against Leicester denied with the hand and then today it is a penalty, but it’s a foul against us.

“This has to stop. But we were not worried at half time, we just said, ‘OK let’s do it again and force it’.”

While Tuchel continued of his countryman’s performance: “It’s his job to be involved in everything and he needs to be involved on Sunday again. It’s no time now for extra praise. 

“Enjoy, shut up, enjoy your free day and get ready for Sunday. I don’t feel comfortable now celebrating, I just say what’s needed.”

N’Golo Kante went off injured for Chelsea in the first 45 while Kai Havertz was not involved in the squad but Tuchel appeared optimistic the duo will be fit not just for the trip to Porto to face City in the European Cup final a week on Saturday but this weekend’s clash with Villa.
“I don’t know yet. We will check tomorrow. We have a good feeling with Ng,” Tuchel explained. “He said he didn’t want to go within a risk of a muscle injury, so I hope for Sunday, same with Kai.”

Werner, who had two goals disallowed, said to Sky Sports: “I was surprised because for me it was a clear penalty. I think for me, maybe the unluckiest season I’ve ever had and will be maybe. Because worse? It can’t be. 

“When you have a season like this and you are so unlucky, and you are still in the Champions League final and maybe still reach the Champions League next year everything is good.

“It was hard after the cup final. It gave us a push for the rest of the season because before the cup final we had three important games after it.

“For us we want to win it because it gives us a push for the Champions League final. That we lose it was very hard for us.
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“In the end we come back how made it today, to fight back to control the game, have chances, always look dangerous was so good.

“The job is not done but with this feeling we can go to Aston Villa and win this game also.”

While Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers said ahead of the Midlands outfit’s clash with Tottenham at the weekend: ”

Brendan Rodgers said: “Liverpool have a couple of games. Chelsea have a tough game away at Aston Villa. I’ve always said we just need to concentrate on ourselves.

“We’re still in that top four and we’ve got one more game to go. If we win it and it’s still not enough for us we have to accept that.

“But if we just fall short after 38 games as the team with the eighth biggest budget, it shows we fought really hard and just missed out.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed


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