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Tuchel: ‘This is where you want to be as footballers and coaches’

The Chelsea head coach reacts to the Blues’ Semi-Final triumph over Tottenham Hotspur...

13 January 2022

It was a case of mission accomplished for Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel, as the Blues booked their place in the Carabao Cup Final.

A goal from fellow German Antonio Rüdiger saw Tuchel's men run out 3-0 aggregate winners against Tottenham Hotspur.

“Hard work and two good matches were needed, and we did the job,” he reflected. “This was the target and now we are there.

“When you go to the Semi-Final, of course, everybody wants to get to the Final.

“We are very happy because Wembley is waiting – full house, Cup Final. This is where you want to be as footballers and coaches.”

Despite only being appointed at Stamford Bridge last January, Tuchel has reached every major Cup competition Final he has competed in, winning both the UEFA Champions League and the Super Cup. 

Nonetheless, the Chelsea manager conceded that, whomever their opponents might be, this Final will be no easy feat.

“I come from a Club where it was very, very important to win trophies,” he explained. “It is good that we are not shy to say we want to win it and we want to be in finals and want to win finals. This is the ambition.

“We should not be arrogant and should respect any competition and any opponent. We do what we do, and we enjoy that we play in an ambitious Club and this is a gift because the club sharpens the mentality of the players and the Club sharpens the attitude, and this is nothing that you can invent from one day to the other; this is a long process.

“We are giving our best and this is what the Club demands from us and from there we go."

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