Chelsea’s unusual transfer and Thomas Tuchel’s plan to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool

Thomas Tuchel wants his inexperienced team to focus on the process of challenging the title rather than the result of lifting the trophy ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Leicester.

The Blues sit at the top of the Premier League and have already won the Champions League under Tuchel’s guidance, but the German coach is only focused on his team producing the best application in each training session during the season.

The German coach took the reins at Chelsea, halfway through a season in which the Blues had signed talented players in Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell to add to a squad with a range of academy products, including Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Reece James.

They have entered an environment that demands victory, with league winners in the squad including Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and N’Golo Kante.

Tuchel has seen success in combining the teams and has a simple method of trying to go all the way in the league during this period.

He said: “There are some guys waiting for titles in leagues. I think we have a pretty young team that may not be that used to winning.

“It was an unusual transfer window for Chelsea to bring in so many young talents, full of promise.

“It’s very important for these guys to step into a club like this that demands winning, a certain attitude towards titles and are eager to have titles, is not pale to talk about it. But if you break it down , even though you want to compete for the Premier League title, which is perhaps the toughest of all competitions, you end up taking care of the process and the process is a daily business.

“How you behave, how you train, how is your mood, are you professional, are you in your personal mindset that you are capable of producing top-level performance and that is what we want to implement.

“There’s no need to talk about big titles now. You will not find a day before the semi-finals where we talked about winning the Champions League, because if you do not win the semi-finals, there is no victory in the Champions League. It is so easily.

“The focus is always on the next step, and that’s what we want to take care of. There’s no other way to win a marathon than to be good in all parts of the 42km. If you have a good start, who cares about it., if you have a good finish, who cares if you have bad 20km in between.We have to be at our top level over the full 42km.Do you know what I mean? It’s not a sprint.

“Nobody leans back and says, ‘OK, it’s good what we did, we’re first, things work out’. We’ll have a hard time tomorrow at 12.30. We have to run our own race and we have challenged ourselves to be at our top level, otherwise we will not win. “

In recent seasons, Manchester City and Liverpool have set the standard. The pair have set records, and City in particular have dominated and won three of the last four titles since Chelsea finished at the top of the pile.

The Blues are currently three points ahead of Pep Guardiola’s team and four points ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Tuchel knows that the Blues have the ability to compete with anyone over 90 minutes, but he wants his side to show the consistency of illegal championships.

The 48-year-old said: “Exactly. That’s the part we have to prove because we’re over 90 minutes proving we can close holes and hit everyone. It’s a feeling we have. It’s the feeling we want to create and We constantly want to be on the field that we are able to beat anyone and that team no one will play against.

“We can compete at all levels, but we’re still in all competitions, and it’s a big competition, and like I said, they did it over years and years and years, the number of points and they challenge each other and push each other to a number of points which was really, really impressive over the last few years and we have to prove this point.

“This point will not be proven on Saturday, or next week, or for Christmas. There is a long, long way to go, and we must dig in at some point and prove to ourselves that we can overcome obstacles and hard times. .

“If you’re going on a trip, the most important thing is that at some point you stop talking and stop planning, and you actually take the first step, close the door, turn the key and go. That’s the most important thing, and I have the feeling that we’re on our journey. But when things get tough, we have to keep going. That’s the next step. that’s what we’re doing.

“That’s what’s going to happen. There’s going to be rain. There’s going to be tough fights out there, opponents that’s not making our lives easy, but we have to go through that and stick together and hopefully in a successful way.”


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