Thomas Tuchel demands his Chelsea stars to not ‘drop 1%’ if they want to challenge for the Premier League title next season… including in friendlies!
- Chelsea strengthened grip on a top four place after defeating West Ham
- Timo Werner’s goal in the London derby saw off major rivals in the top four race
- But Thomas Tuchel insists his side has be fully focused to lead a 2021-22 title tilt
Thomas Tuchel has warned his Chelsea players they cannot drop ‘one per cent’ if they have any ambitions of fighting for the Premier League title next season.
The Blues strengthened their grip on a top-four finish with a 1-0 win at West Ham to leave them three points above the Hammers in the Champions League places.
Chelsea’s rise since Tuchel took charge has been outstanding with the German coach leading the club into the FA Cup final, the Champions League semi-finals and fourth place in the table.
Thomas Tuchel saw Chelsea beat West Ham United in a pivotal battle concerning the top four
However, the expectation is for Chelsea to be competing with Manchester City for the Premier League title next term, and for Tuchel this means there can be no let up in the demands.
‘All the performances are a benchmark,’ he said. ‘When we do it now, we want to do it on Tuesday and then on Saturday again. This is how we approach our team and how you approach high-level sport.
‘You can’t be distracted by too many visions and goals that are too far away. I am very happy with the consistency of quality that we can deliver every three days.
‘We play with courage and it is a really high level that we can produce consistently. This is what we demand for Tuesday in all different set ups, whether FA Cup, league or Champions League.’
Timo Werner scored the game’s only goal as they pulled three points clear of the Hammers
Tuchel is totally focused on achieving the best possible results this season with plenty still up for grabs. But he has already set his stall out to inform his players that his demands must be met next season if Chelsea are going to build on an excellent first four months of the German’s tenure.
‘We demand full focus and to reach your own highest level,’ he added. ‘We will demand that next season no matter what, no matter what the target is.
‘The first target will be to win the opening match when it arrives and in pre-season we won’t allow anyone to even drop one per cent, not even in friendly matches.
‘When you sign up for Chelsea you sign up for the highest competition and you sign up for winning.’
Tuchel also hailed Timo Werner’s first goal since February and challenged the striker to keep it up. He said: ‘He needs to keep scoring. He is quite often involved in goals but nothing helps more than a decisive goal.
‘I am very happy because I felt he was strong from the start, holding up the ball, timing his run behind the line, and was involved in many chances.’
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