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Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea ‘lucky’ Leicester losing to Tottenham sealed their Champions League spot
March 3, 2021
Thomas Tuchel admitted his Chelsea aspect had been “fortunate Tottenham did the job for us” after their London rivals’ win over Leicester meant Chelsea completed fourth within the Premier League and the Foxes ended up in fifth.
Heading into the ultimate half an hour, Leicester had been 2-1 forward in opposition to Tottenham with Chelsea heading into the Europa League, trailing Aston Villa 2-0.
However a Kasper Schmeichel personal purpose sparked a collapse from the Foxes, finally dropping 4-2 on the King Energy, whereas Mason Mount pulled a purpose again at Villa Park.
Though Chelsea – who had Cesar Azpilicueta despatched off late on – misplaced 2-1, the consequence at Leicester ensured they are going to be competing within the Champions League subsequent season.
When requested if he was proud of a top-four end, Tuchel – whose aspect face Manchester Metropolis within the Champions League ultimate in Porto on Saturday – informed Sky Sports activities: “Tomorrow, lots. Right this moment, a loss by no means feels good.
“However we did the primary goal, there’s nothing to fret about now, nothing to remorse. It was a really troublesome goal to satisfy, we did it, so big congratulations on the hassle and performances and focus.
“We’re nonetheless a younger workforce, nonetheless plenty of gamers preventing for the primary trophy, preventing for the primary time in huge matches, you’ll be able to see that, clearly. That is the best way, we have to be taught and enhance whereas we do it. We did it, and we’ll arrive now in Porto with full confidence.”
The Chelsea supervisor later added: “It was the story of our season. We would have liked many clear sheets to beat an absence of composure and precision. Right this moment, we concede two objectives out of nothing and from set-pieces. We made it exhausting to come back again.
“We’re fortunate that Tottenham did the job for us and completed the job for us right now. We got here to win and to place any doubts to the aspect nevertheless it was not doable.
“We’re within the place, we’re in it, that it was doable to finish within the prime 4 even with a defeat is due to the workforce’s exhausting work and constantly good outcomes.
“It was our predominant goal however clearly, we didn’t play or put together for the event right now. We ready for the match and the goal was to win the match and I believe that, once more, we’re completely in a position to win this match.
“We have to alter particulars and we have to be spot-on on Saturday as we would like a optimistic consequence. I knew it possibly three or 4 minutes earlier than our recreation was over as a result of the sport at Leicester was over a bit earlier, so we knew concerning the consequence and that it was clear we had been by.”
Disillusioned Rodgers: It hurts in the meanwhile
For Leicester, it was one other late drop out of the Champions League locations – the Foxes had spent extra time within the prime 4 than every other aspect this season (242 days), however had been unable to hold onto their spot.
Supervisor Rodgers mentioned: “We mentioned earlier than that if we did not make it, we would be upset. We had been twice up within the recreation, we struggled with out the presence of Wesley, who went off early, and Jonny (Evans) not being in there.
“It hurts in the meanwhile and possibly will do for just a few days. However after I look again general and replicate on what the gamers have given, regardless of the obstacles we have had, I will have nice satisfaction in what they’ve achieved.
“They’ve battled and with the gamers that we have had out that make a distinction for us, we have saved it going till the very finish. There’s big disappointment now, but in addition satisfaction in how we have fought till the very finish.
“I’ve at all times mentioned it – we deserve to complete fifth over the course of the 38 video games. I do not go along with the one which we need to be there as a result of we have been there for therefore many weeks, that does not actually matter. Prime 4 is being there on the finish of the season.
“Our check and problem is can we arrive within the prime six. The place we’re at and what we’re competing with is a number of the greatest and finest golf equipment in world soccer. On a soccer entrance, we’re there to compete and to struggle and that is what we’ll look to do.
“The younger squad, they have that style of successful and it is at all times exhausting to win within the Premier League and win the trophies, however we’re right here to struggle and we push and enhance on and off the pitch.
“We put up an unimaginable struggle to complete there [in the top four] in opposition to some big groups and we had been forward of groups that must be in there. We’ll come again subsequent yr hoping to disrupt the highest six once more.”
Klopp: Third place an enormous achievement
A double from Sadio Mane noticed Liverpool finish the season with a 10-game unbeaten run and secured Champions League soccer after climbing above Chelsea into third place.
Klopp’s aspect had been seven factors adrift of the highest 4 previous to their run beginning however 26 factors from a doable 30 have ensured they’ll play in Europe’s elite membership competitors once more. The German admits ending third within the Premier League was “barely doable” a month in the past.
“It is huge, come on,” he mentioned. “If somebody would have informed me just a few weeks in the past we might end third… it was completely out of attain, inconceivable.
“The advantage of this yr is that we did not really feel too good fairly often as a result of many issues round us occurred. Accidents had been a topic that adopted us by the entire yr, that was exhausting to take. However from nowhere to the Champions League in 5 weeks, that is an enormous achievement, I could not be happier. It is nice, completely nice.
“It’s so good to see that we might use the ultimate weeks to provide this season a correct turnaround. I’m completely happy for the Champions League that they do not must play with out us, it’s nice we’re in it, I can not watch for that.
“It’s an excellent achievement from the boys. Man Metropolis rightly received the league, nice season, congratulations to them, however simply because we could not be champions did not imply we could not have any targets. The goal was to seal worldwide soccer, it is the Champions League and that is actually good.”
The place subsequent for Kane?
It was a man-of-the-match efficiency from Harry Kane on probably his ultimate look as a Tottenham participant.
He scored his twenty third purpose of the season, sufficient to win his third Premier League Golden Boot – turning into solely the third participant to take action after Thierry Henry (4) and Alan Shearer (3).
However having informed Tottenham he want to go away this summer time, the place does his future lie? The Sky Sports activities pundits had their say…
Gary Neville: “I believe it is all about what Tottenham wish to do, by way of Daniel Levy and whether or not in a COVID local weather the cash that is going to be anticipated for him goes to be paid by both of the Manchester golf equipment. I do not see him going overseas, I do not see him staying in London and going to a membership that is close to Tottenham. It is whether or not they’ll pay that huge price ticket.
“Man Utd have gotten Martial, they have Lingard, they have James… would they be gamers, with a lump of cash, who might entice Tottenham to do one thing? I am certain Metropolis have gotten gamers right here that they may throw into the combination. It is okay having the cash however you do have to get some gamers to be sure that cash is not spent on gamers which are much less beneficial to you.
“I believe it will appease plenty of the United fan base. There is a component of the fan base that aren’t going to let this go but when they signal Varane, Kane and Sancho that can value some huge cash nevertheless it’s the kind of factor that can quieten plenty of the followers down and create unimaginable pleasure at Outdated Trafford.
“He by no means mentioned in that interview with me he needed to depart. I believe he is at a degree in his profession whereby it is a reflection level.”
Jamie Redknapp: “He is an unimaginable participant. His numbers, a number of the objectives he is scored, there is no restrict to what he can do. It isn’t going to be straightforward to get out of Tottenham. It is a troublesome membership, it is a troublesome proprietor who will need prime cash for him. That is going to be a tricky dialog – and Harry’s such a pleasant lad. Can he drive a transfer? I simply do not suppose that is in his psyche.
“I have a look at Man Utd proper now, one of many greatest golf equipment on the planet, all of the historical past it is received, however are you assured to win Premier League titles there? There’s nonetheless the difficulty that is happening behind the scenes with the Glazers, that may run into subsequent season. Whereas it simply feels at Metropolis, they’ve simply misplaced a No 10, there’s a spot there for him, they’ve not received a recognised striker. This looks like the perfect match – however you by no means fairly know in soccer.
“I would not be stunned if he is nonetheless a Tottenham participant subsequent yr. It isn’t going to be straightforward to get out of this membership. This is not a dig at Daniel Levy, it is only a reality he is a Tottenham participant and in the event that they’ve not received to promote him they do not must promote him. You have received a contract, you’ll be able to’t drive your approach out of a soccer membership.”
Mason: Seventh just isn’t the place we wish to be
Tottenham’s victory on the ultimate day additionally secured them a spot within the Europa Convention League by advantage of their seventh-place end, however interim supervisor Ryan Mason desires to be additional up the desk.
He informed Sky Sports activities: “It isn’t the place we wish to be. We wish to be greater up and competing within the huge competitions however we’re in Europe for one more season. We respect that any competitors and we’ll go into it with full respect.
“I am certain there are plenty of issues [that haven’t put Tottenham where they want to be], most likely issues that occurred earlier than I used to be right here. However what I can inform you that within the 5 weeks I’ve had, there are professionals in there that wish to work for the membership, struggle for the membership. I believe we have seen right now the hassle to maintain competing, to maintain operating and naturally, now we have the standard as properly.
“I am happy to complete on this approach, particularly after Wednesday, which was troublesome for us to have it in our personal arms and lose that. We responded and did all we might right now so now we have to take some positives from that.
“Clearly there was lots driving on it for each groups. We felt that and I believe at instances within the second half we used that to our profit.
“I’ll have a while to loosen up and replicate on what has been a loopy 5 weeks, however 5 weeks I’ve loved and really feel honoured to be part of.”
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