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‘He praised Guardiola yesterday then beat him up today’: Chelsea fans in thrall to Tuchel as resurgence continues at Wembley

Thomas Tuchel has been hailed for putting on a tactical masterclass as his Chelsea team shut down Manchester City to book a spot in the FA Cup final.

Chelsea edged out the runaway Premier League leaders 1-0 in their semi-final on Saturday thanks to a 55th-minute strike from Moroccan wing wizard Hakim Ziyech.

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The Blues constrained their rivals with the tenacity and defensive stinginess that has become their hallmark under Tuchel, as dreams of a quadruple for Pep Guardiola’s team came shuddering to a halt at Wembley.

The win for Chelsea was yet more vindication for the decision made by Russian owner Roman Abramovich to wield the axe in January with the team struggling under Frank Lampard.

Since former Paris Saint-Germain boss Tuchel took the helm, he has set about restoring confidence in the Blues’ talent-laden ranks, moving them back into contention for the Premier League top four and booking semi-final berths in the Champions League and now FA Cup.

Tuchel, 47, will become the first German to manage a team in the world’s oldest cup competition when his team face either Southampton or Leicester City on May 15.

Moreover, Tuchel has suffered just two defeats in his 19 games in charge of the Stamford Bridge outfit, in a sequence which has included victories against teams led by managerial talents Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Diego Simeone, Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti – all without conceding a single goal in those games.  

Yet again on Saturday Tuchel got his tactics spot on, having initially raised eyebrows with the inclusion of Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal and the return of the misfiring Timo Werner up front.

In the event, the German forward was instrumental in Chelsea’s winner as he broke down the left before feeding Ziyech for a tap-in.

Prior to the game, Tuchel had hailed Guardiola’s City as the “benchmark” in Europe, although as Blues fans pointed out, that flattery was followed by a brutally efficient display on how to nullify the threat.

Elsewhere, Chelsea fans hailed Tuchel as “world class” for the impact he has made, with the ensuing reversal in fortunes barely conceivable when the German stepped into the dugout with the team stuck in a slump at the end of January.

The fact that Manchester City outclassed Chelsea with embarrassing ease the last time the two teams met towards the end of Lampard’s ailing tenure showed even more starkly just how far Tuchel has taken the team as they triumphed against the same opposition on Saturday.  

Chelsea reached the same stage of the FA Cup last season under Lampard before losing to London rivals Arsenal in a bitterly disappointing display, although this time around they will surely be hot favorites against either Leicester or Southampton, not least because of Tuchel’s tactical acumen.

Next up for Chelsea are Premier League meetings with Brighton and top-four rivals West Ham, before they travel to Spain for a Champions League semi-final first-leg against Real Madrid.  

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Thomas Tuchel sings praises of two Chelsea stars after Man City win but sets strong demand

“Timo and Hakim were in the same line-up against Liverpool where they were also very, very strong in an away game, in a 1-0 victory.

“So I’m happy because on the other side it has to be absolutely like this.

“Everyone who is on the pitch needs to perform now, now is the point of the season where we can’t drop 1 per cent and that’s what we wanted.”

Ziyech was named man of the match and was delighted with the outcome.

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Thomas Tuchel wants urgent Chelsea transfer talks with Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech

And Tuchel has reportedly offered him bags of support in private, but Werner’s future will be a topic of discussion in a meeting with Granovskaia and Cech.

Werner will be hoping to be restored to the starting line-up this weekend when Chelsea take on Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final.

Despite not being on his best form, Werner has still managed to score 10 goals and provide 11 assists in all competitions.

However, it’s a far cry from the level of lethal finishing he showed in his final year at Leipzig when the striker bagged 34 goals.

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel picks preferred winner from Liverpool and Real Madrid clash

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says he would prefer to play Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals after his side booked their place in the last four of the competition. The Blues were beaten 1-0 by Porto in the second leg of their quarter-final clash in Seville but still managed to prevail thanks to last week’s 2-0 victory at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Tuchel can now relax ahead of tomorrow night’s action when Liverpool will look to overturn a 3-1 deficit against Real Madrid.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are no stranger to a memorable European comeback but they are unable to rely on their 12th man this time around.

And when asked if he has a preference in regards to Chelsea’s next opponent, Tuchel highlighted that he’d prefer not to face Liverpool due to the fact they’re Premier League opposition.

“I don’t wish for nothing but in general, I like it not to play against English teams and teams from your own league,” he told BT Sport.

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“It gives you a different feeling in European competition.

“Whoever wins it I think will deserve it but it’s far from over.

“I will watch it for sure and it’s a pleasure to watch it as a semi-finalist.

“Like I said it’s a great achievement and there is nothing decided yet.

“Liverpool is very strong at home and the Premier League is very strong.

“We take what we get and it’s a good situation for us.”

Chelsea look a real force to be reckoned with particularly on the European stage.

Tuchel has totally renovated their defence to rejuvenate the club’s fortunes and now they have a real chance of making the final in Istanbul.

Mehdi Taremi’s incredible acrobatics in stoppage time was not enough to inspire a late comeback for Porto, who can hold their heads high after a valiant effort.

Pundit Rio Ferdinand was also in agreement with Tuchel that playing another English club brings added pressure to the table…

“At Manchester United we played against Jose’s [Mourinho] Chelsea and the pressure was just different.

“You play against people you know and losing feels worse because it’s in your country.

“We played Barcelona and you go away and lose and you remind yourself of it, the media and fans don’t but lose to an English team, everywhere you walk it’s there, in your face.

“I agree with him. When you play a European team from somewhere else it feels like a European tie.”

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hails two players after Porto Champions League win

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel was full of praise for his two goalscorers as the Blues sealed a 2-0 win over Porto in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday. Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell scored a goal in each half to give their side two vital away goals.
Chelsea will now be strong favourites to play either Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich at the semi-final stage.

Tuchel’s side bounced back from Saturday’s 5-2 drubbing by West Brom in the Premier League.

And the German was delighted with the response his players showed.

“The result is excellent. It was a tough match against a strong Porto side,” Tuchel told BT Sport.

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“We had a big loss but it was our responsibility but we accepted it. We were ready to respond. There will always be setbacks in football, the challenge is to bounce back.”

Mount scored his first Champions League goal, turning exquisitely on the edge of the 18-yard box before firing in a fine finish.

Chilwell sealed a great night in Seville for Chelsea and Tuchel singled both players out after the match.

“I am very, very happy [Mount] scored,” he added.

“It was an important goal and opened up the game for us and calmed nerves.

“It wasn’t an easy shot but very precise. I am very happy for Mason, he takes responsibility.

“Mason is precise with his finishing and always ready to help us.

“[Ben Chilwell] excellent because he kept his composure to go past the goalkeeper.

“It was super important to get the second away goal. Like I said, we lacked a bit of rhythm in our attack but there was always a chance to get a goal from a mistake from our opponent.

“He isn’t a regular scorer but I am very happy we go away with the result.

“It’s half time, though. We need to keep going.”

Mount insists only half the job has been done ahead of the second leg next week.

“We knew it would be a tough game,” the 22-year-old said.

“We kept going, we got the goal in the first half and the second secured a good win.

“It’s only half the tie, there’s a second leg to go.”

'Big wake up call' – Angry Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel sounds warning after West Brom loss

Thomas Tuchel has claimed that he and his Chelsea side will look for rapid improvements after the Blues were defeated for the first time under his leadership by West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon. The Baggies hit five to come back from a 1-0 deficit, sealing a famous win and a valuable three points in their fight for Premier League survival, with Chelsea’s downfall arriving after Thiago Silva was sent off for a second bookable offence inside the opening 30 minutes.
Chelsea took an early lead through Christian Pulisic who bundled home the rebound from Marcos Alonso’s free-kick, before Silva was dismissed after receiving his second yellow card for a foul on the edge of the area.

The hosts then conceded two quick-fire goals in first-half stoppage time courtesy of Matheus Pereira to hand West Brom a half-time advantage.

Sam Allardyce’s side continued to trouble Chelsea’s usually watertight defence throughout the second half, with Callum Robinson and Mbaye Diagne firing in to stretch their lead, before Mason Mount scored with 19 minutes remaining to give the Blues hope of snatching a point.

However, the result was put beyond all doubt when Robinson chipped Edouard Mendy in the dying seconds for his second goal of the match and West Brom’s fifth.

Chelsea’s defeat ended their 14-match unbeaten run under Tuchel and curbed an impressive spell of seven games without conceding a goal.

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The German boss was visibly disappointed after the full-time whistle, telling BT Sport that his side did not react well enough after Silva was dismissed early on.

“Nothing so much until the red card, after that we were not able to cope with the situation,” said Tuchel.

“I don’t know why. After the red card, we could not adapt. We gave away two easy goals. Even in the second half, what could go wrong went wrong.

“We have to accept a big loss today. Hopefully it’s a big wake up call for all of us – me included.”

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Tuchel admitted that he did not have eyes on the incident that earned Silva a second yellow card, but stressed that it cannot be used as an excuse for his side’s poor result.

“I didn’t see,” he added. “Twice, it was not his mistakes. We made big mistakes before the two yellow cards. We are responsible.

“Too many easy ball losses. Then we got a red card and it was impossible for us to adapt.”

Chelsea have been imperious in defence since Tuchel’s arrival, with the German manager’s preferred three-at-the-back system helping to shore things up, but the Blues were at sixes and sevens throughout Saturday’s encounter.

The 47-year-old suggested that a lot of work will be done on the training ground between now and Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash against Porto, claiming that a significant response is required.

“[It] cannot get worse,” said Tuchel. “It’s not typical for us to concede like that [the two goals in the first half]. Normally ones we defend.

“Today we conceded twice and it changed the momentum. It calmed them today. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong.

“Every shot was a goal for them. We had big chances – but no. It was clearly not our day.

“We will get the right response because this is sport. Today we digest it because it’s a lot. A lot to digest. I did not see it coming.

“OK, now we have to take our responsibility and shake it off. [We will] continue tomorrow.”

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Chelsea join wonderkid race

Chelsea have reportedly joined Manchester United and Barcelona in the race to sign Valencia wonderkid Fabio Blanco.

The three clubs are battling it out to land the 17-year-old, according to Spanish publication AS.

Right winger Blanco has been dubbed ‘the new Ferran Torres’ due to similarities with his former Valencia club-mate, who joined Manchester City in the summer.

He currently plays for the La Liga club’s under-19 side and will be out of contract this summer.

That has alerted Chelsea as well as United and Barcelona – while Real Madrid, City, AC Milan and Juventus are also reported to be interested.

Ferdinand highlights Lampard “problem” which Tuchel has fixed at Chelsea

Rio Ferdinand claims Thomas Tuchel has repaired the relationship with Chelsea’s senior players which became strained under Frank Lampard’s management.

There was a strong emphasis on integrating youth players throughout Lampard’s one-and-a-half season tenure, with some senior members of the squad regularly left out of the side.

Among these players were Antonio Rudiger and captain Cesar Azpilicueta, but both defenders have played key roles since Tuchel replaced Lampard in January.

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Ferdinand believes Tuchel has repaired the relationship with Chelsea's senior stars
Ferdinand believes Tuchel has repaired the relationship with Chelsea’s senior stars

Ferdinand believes Tuchel is reaping the rewards of placing his trust in his experienced players, in contrast to Lampard’s style.

“I think bringing experience back into the team and giving them more responsibility has been a big difference to Frank’s,” Ferdinand told his Vibe with FIVE podcast[3].

“Frank definitely went with the younger players and I think that knocked a few of the older players’ noses out of joint and they may have reacted negatively towards that. That created a problem.

Tuchel has placed his trust in his experienced players, including captain Azpilicueta
Tuchel has placed his trust in his experienced players, including captain Azpilicueta

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“But these players have come back in – Tuchel has rounded up the experienced players and told them, ‘You’re here, you’re my mainstay and the younger players you’re going to be a part of that as well’.

“But the older players, ‘Don’t worry, you’re with me’, and they’ve all bought back in after not feeling a part of it before.”

Ferdinand also explained how Tuchel’s approach is different to that of his predecessor.

Ferdinand believes Lampard may have rubbed some senior players up the wrong way
Ferdinand believes Lampard may have rubbed some senior players up the wrong way

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The former England centre-back added: “He wants his team to be hard to beat, hard to play against. Hard, aggressive team.

“They lose the ball, everyone gets back behind the ball, there’s an intensity, an understanding that’s the way we want to play, that’s the way we are.

“[With] Frank, the team was a bit more fluid going forward and they scored more goals but they conceded more goals.”

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Thomas Tuchel critical of 'lucky' Chelsea and admits to seeing poor performance coming

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted that his side failed to produce their best football after the Blues battled to a closely-fought 2-0 victory over Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon. An unfortunate own goal from Ollie Norwood gave the hosts a first-half advantage before Hakim Ziyech put the result beyond all doubt with an impressive finish in the dying seconds of the match.
The result saw Chelsea become the third side to book their place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, after Manchester City progressed with a win over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday and Southampton breezed past Championship outfit Bournemouth.

The Blues went into the match as heavy favourites but made hard work of the spirited Blades, who came agonisingly close to finding the back of the net on a number of occasions.

David McGoldrick spurned a golden first-half chance to head home from point blank range, while former Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster narrowly missed the target with a late strike from the edge of the box.

Despite Sunday’s match marking Chelsea’s seventh clean sheet in a row in all competitions, Tuchel was less than impressed with his side’s efforts after the final whistle.

The German boss told BBC One that the Blues had luck on their side, claiming that his players were fatigued after avoiding defeat in each of their last 14 matches.

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“It was a tough match,” said Tuchel. “We had a good first half where we controlled everything but second half we lost control.

“We were clearly tired now. I could see after 14 matches consecutive. I could feel us tired, a lack of concentration, many little faults and strong opponent in the second half.

“We were lucky in the second half to keep the clean sheet. It was not the first time in 14 matches when we were lucky and allowed too many chances, but it can arrive and it’s important in the end to go through.”

Sheffield United produced a much stronger performance than the result gave them credit for, with Jason Tindall’s side looking far better than last week when they were subjected to a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Leicester City.

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However, Tuchel suggested that Chelsea’s lacklustre efforts allowed the visitors to keep their foot in the door, stressing that the number of mistakes during the second half was not acceptable.

“We let them come back, because like I said we had full control in first half and a big chance with Christian [Pulisic] to finish the game early,” added Tuchel.

“After that we had too many mistakes, easy mistakes. We lost duels and we lost a bit of concentration and momentum.

“Honestly I could feel it in training, since some days we feel a bit tired and have a lack of concentration, it’s not too easy. It’s normal. It can happen.

“In a game it becomes more and more problematic to keep the level up so these things can happen.

“I’m happy we could help from the bench with the guys who came in. In the end we have a win and take it.”

Chelsea will be looking to continue their winning ways with another victory over Premier League strugglers West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, ahead of a return to Champions League action four days later.

The Blues will take on Porto over two legs for a place in the competition’s last four as Tuchel seeks European glory at the first time of asking.

Chelsea fans hail Tuchel revolution as they edge closer to century-old club record

Chelsea showed more signs of their resilience under Thomas Tuchel as the Blues battled past Sheffield United to book an FA Cup semi-final spot and remain unbeaten in 14 games under their new German boss.

Tuchel’s men were made to fight hard by the Premier League’s bottom side but ultimately got the job done at Stamford Bridge thanks to a first-half own goal from Oliver Norwood – who steered Ben Chilwell’s cross into his own net – and an injury-time strike from Moroccan wing wizard Hakim Ziyech.

The visitors had chances through David McGoldrick, who spurned a golden chance to equalize, and Oliver McBurnie, who saw his effort saved by Blues stand-in ‘keeper Kepa Arrizbalaga.

It was far from pretty for the hosts but was ultimately another win as they march on under the stewardship of Tuchel, who has been a revelation at the Bridge since taking over from sacked club legend Frank Lampard at the end of January.

Chelsea remain unbeaten in 14 games under the former PSG coach, which includes 10 wins and four draws, with 12 clean sheets and just two goals conceded.

The eight-time FA Cup winners are into the semi-finals of the competition, having reaching the last eight of the Champions League in midweek by sealing victory in their tie with La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

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They have also risen back into the Premier League’s top four, where they hold a goal difference advantage over London rivals West Ham.

Blues fans hailed the impact of the 47-year-old German, claiming he had brought “personality and passion” with him to the dugout.

According to the stats boffins at Opta, Chelsea are now just two games away from equaling a club-record run of clean sheets which dates all the way back to 1905.

Tuchel himself admitted that Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final display against the Blades had not been pretty, but that “tiredness” was taking its toll on the team in this most congested of seasons.

Many of the Blues assortment of stars will now head off on international duty, before returning for the Premier League clash with struggling West Brom in London on April 3.

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