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Thomas Tuchel on Chelsea and CL return leg

Thomas Tuchel said he is at Chelsea to win titles, ahead of UEFA Champions League return leg. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel cautioned his players advising they must not “lose their heads” with their 2-0 first-leg advantage over Porto in the Champions League quarterfinal which may lull them into a false sense of security heading into Tuesday’s return.

Chelsea has one foot in the semi-finals of the Champions League with amazing goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell. But Tuchel asserted he would not set his side out to shield its lead in the ‘home’ leg in Seville. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on travel between Portugal and England the tie is being staged at Sevilla’s Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.

Ahead of the return leg against the Portuguese giants Tuchel said, “If you can win consecutive games you can, of course, win titles because Chelsea is a club that has the culture, the history, the quality, and the structure to do so.”

“I am here to win games and as a result to win titles. This is what I demand of myself, so why now should we say we want to win in two or three or five years. Now is the time,” he added according to football.london

“But tomorrow is the game to play and there is no tougher game than the next game. There is no other obstacle to overcome than Porto tomorrow.”

“We should not get lost in dreams and hopes and speeches. We are here in the reality and the reality is we have a hard battle. Hopefully, after tomorrow we can talk about the semi-final.”

Tuchel announced a healthy squad for the second leg but does not include N’Golo Kante who faces a late fitness test as he was not able to train normally due to a hectic traveling schedule.

“Normally it is hard to imagine a game like this without N’Golo, but at the same time we need to be absolutely careful about him and that we don’t take risks with his health and with his injury situation,” added Tuchel.

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