Thomas Tuchel insists top-four race is not over after Chelsea avenge FA Cup final defeat to Leicester


Thomas Tuchel hailed Chelsea’s “excellent” efficiency as they avenged their FA Cup ultimate defeat to Leicester with a 2-1 victory within the Premier League however insisted “the job will not be performed but” within the race for a top-four end.

Chelsea dominated the sport in entrance of 8,000 buoyant supporters at Stamford Bridge, taking a two-goal lead due to Jorginho’s penalty and Antonio Rudiger’s close-range end then surviving a nervy finale after Kelechi Iheanacho had pulled one again.

The generally stormy victory lifts Chelsea as much as third place, above Leicester, who will drop out of the highest 4 if Liverpool beat Burnley on Wednesday, and places their hopes of a top-four end in their very own palms forward of their assembly with Aston Villa on the ultimate day.

Tuchel was delighted along with his gamers’ response to Saturday’s defeat at Wembley however urged warning because the Champions League race goes to the wire.

“It was an impressive efficiency however the job will not be performed. Now we have two extra to go,” he advised Sky Sports activities, referencing the Premier League conflict with Villa and the Champions League ultimate in opposition to Manchester Metropolis.

“The followers made an enormous distinction. You see the velocity in our sport, the starvation, the ambition. It was a really sturdy efficiency and I am completely delighted the staff can current itself like this in entrance of our followers.

“We wanted precisely that immediately. It was a giant win however it’s not time for celebration but.”

He added: “It was an OK efficiency within the cup, however immediately was a prime efficiency.


FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea’s win over Leicester

“First half was superb, the standard and power, and the second half as nicely. We gave a straightforward aim away that made us undergo a bit ultimately however general it was a really deserved win.”

The win might need been extra snug had Chelsea not been denied a penalty within the first half when Timo Werner was kicked by Youri Tielemans within the Leicester field.

Tuchel was as soon as once more left annoyed by the choices that went in opposition to his facet.

“It is a clear penalty. They [VAR] are horrible in opposition to us and it is the third time in a row. Now we have a aim in opposition to Arsenal denied with handball, now we have a aim in opposition to Leicester within the cup with a hand and immediately, it’s a penalty however the foul goes in opposition to us.

“This has to cease in fact however we weren’t frightened at half-time. We simply mentioned ‘let’s do it once more and power it’.”

Werner: My unluckiest season!

Chelsea's Timo Werner shields the ball with Leicester's Wesley Fofana (AP)
Chelsea’s Timo Werner shields the ball with Leicester’s Wesley Fofana (AP)

Werner was on the coronary heart of the motion all through. After being denied a penalty within the first half, he received one for Jorginho’s breakthrough aim. He additionally had two objectives disallowed – one for offside and one for handball.

“The primary half was the image of the entire season for me,” he advised Sky Sports activities. “I used to be shut however not likely shut.

“I feel it is the unluckiest season I’ve ever had and could have possibly. Offside, a transparent penalty after which I wish to make a header, I get slightly push and I head it in opposition to my arm.

“However when you find yourself so unfortunate however you continue to attain the Champions League ultimate and possibly attain the Champions League subsequent season, every little thing is nice.”

Tuchel was reluctant to reward Werner’s efficiency, nonetheless, as a substitute urging him to concentrate on Chelsea’s remaining video games.

“It is his job to be concerned in every little thing and he must be concerned on Sunday once more,” the Chelsea boss added.

“It is no time now for additional reward. Get pleasure from it, shut up, take pleasure in your free day and be prepared for Aston Villa, nothing else.

“I am not frightened, I simply do not feel snug now celebrating, I simply say what’s wanted.”

Rodgers proud regardless of defeat


Rodgers: We lacked creativity

Brendan Rodgers was upset by the style of the objectives Leicester conceded however praised the character they confirmed to rally within the closing phases and hailed their efforts this season.

“It was an awesome ambiance, it is good to have the supporters again,” he advised Sky Sports activities. “We needed to climate that storm, which we knew would are available that first interval of the sport. We did that, however the nature of the objectives we gave away wasn’t so good.

“However our response at 2-0, we stored preventing, we stored working, scored an excellent aim. The one criticism is in that final quarter-hour, simply having slightly bit extra craft and work our manner into the field slightly bit extra.

“If we confirmed slightly bit extra endurance we would have created one or two extra alternatives nevertheless it wasn’t to be.

“It speaks volumes on the place my gamers are at. You noticed Chelsea on the finish of the sport, these are Champions League finalists and so they’re overjoyed on the finish of the sport.

“They received and we at all times respect that. It was a decent turnaround for us however my gamers gave every little thing and I am so pleased with them taking part in in opposition to a prime facet with many prime gamers.

“We fought proper till the very finish. We’ll get better and prepare for the weekend now.”


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