After a historic victory against Manchester City, Thomas Tuchel was wildly excited for getting Chelsea to another FA Cup final.
Thomas Tuchel took the opportunity given to him by Chelsea’s owner after sacking Frank Lampard this season. Any other coach would’ve felt tremendous pressure for taking on this new challenge, but not Tuchel. We are talking about one of the most competent managers in the world right now. He is part of this new German wave of coaches who are taking over European football. What the Blues needed was a pragmatist, Tuchel gave them just that.
After today’s victory against all odds, we can now consider them favorites to win against any rival. Real Madrid should’ve studied tonight’s match in order to prepare for the Champions League semifinals. But the most important accomplishment for Tuchel was the way they defeated one of the strongest football clubs in the world this season. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City won’t win the quadruple this year because Tuchel refused. Simple as that.
Tuchel is thrilled for his players.
“It was a very strong performance, [and I’m] very happy and proud,” he told BBC Sport after the final whistle. “It was a very strong performance and I am very proud of my team. We were not lucky to escape with a clean sheet, we worked hard for it. The guys are ready to cover for each other if anyone loses a duel. We wanted to be brave today. It feels fantastic because we were playing the best team in Europe right now and we managed to close the gap for 90 minutes. Because it is so hard against City, you have to be on your top level. It was a quality performance.
“It was very nicely played. We escaped the pressure and we had a deep run from Mason, and the run from Timo. Hakim could finish from Timo’s delivery which was crucial because it was decisive. We had a big chance with Timo, a big chance with Ziyech and two offside goals, so it would have been possible to be more calm in that last 15 minutes but I like the effort and hard work. It was a good mix between ball possession and defending.”