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Tuchel sets the ‘next big target’ after Chelsea’s FA Cup triumph

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Tuchel had a message for his Chelsea stars after overseeing an impressive FA Cup win over Manchester City.

The ‘next big target’ on Thomas Tuchel’s to-do-list is simply to win the next match.

The Chelsea manager has urged his players to quickly move on from their 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City ahead of a run of key games into the last bout of the season.

After facing Brighton on Tuesday, the Blues visit top-four rivals West Ham next Saturday in the Premier League.

A two-legged Champions League semi-final fixture with Real Madrid, meanwhile, begins in Spain next week.

Therefore, with a top-four spot in the league and two trophies up for grabs this season, Tuchel wants nobody to rests on their laurels after such a convincing triumph.

“It’s always like this in my career as a manager,” said Tuchel on his excellent start as per Football London.

“Don’t start thinking too far ahead, don’t put your stakes up too high, don’t look at the goals which are in the future.

“These things in top-level football and sports, in general, you need to be ready to constantly go forward, to constantly progress.

“What as a manager, staff and every player in this club needs is to totally commit to this approach of sports in the highest level. This is what I demand of myself and everybody in my staff and what I feel from everybody in the team.

“If you want to reach objectives, climb a mountain, you better start going. Just thinking about the top does not take you anywhere.

“You need to walk and every journey starts with the first step. Don’t get confused by thinking too much. Don’t get irritated or maybe be too shy that you don’t wish for too much. Take it step by step.

“Today the target was to close the gap to Man City for 90 minutes. It was a huge target. We were very focused on that and delivered very well.

“Now the next big target is to forget this performance and success and full awareness of a crucial week in the Premier League.”

Tuchel and Chelsea will now welcome Brighton to Stamford Bridge for a Premier League match on Tuesday night.