Sport Tuchel urges Chelsea to 'keep focus' ahead of season-defining week
Chelsea boss Tuchel insists he will NOT push for a summer overhaul
Tuchel has rejuvenated Chelsea since taking over from Lampard in January, with the club moving back into the Premier League's top four and reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.Tuchel has rejuvenated Chelsea since taking over from Frank Lampard in January, with the club moving back into the Premier League's top four and reaching the Champions League quarter-finals amid a 14-game unbeaten streak.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has warned his players not to get ahead of themselves as they enter a season-defining week.
The Blues take on Porto on Tuesday night with one foot in the Champions League semi finals following last week's 2-0 win in their first-leg quarter final against the Portuguese.
And then on Saturday, Chelsea face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final as the Blues look to play in their second consecutive Wembley final.
But Tuchel has ordered his side not to let the prospect of the club's most important week of the season eat at away them.
Pulisic suffers injury which forced Tuchel to change second-half plans
With Chelsea 2-1 down at half-time, Thomas Tuchel had planned to bring off Timo Werner, only for Christian Pulisic to immediately pull up with an injury and change his plans.The German manager suffered his first Premier League defeat with the Blues who were left stunned after a 5-2 loss to West Brom.
'Well if you want to finish the season with a trophy we'd better win both matches, otherwise could be difficult,' Tuchel quipped. 'Because the Premier League title will not be our job to lose.
'Everybody can wreck their heads about it, but we are there to play football, and this is the target, and this is the challenge actually – to keep focus.
'It doesn't help to reflect too much about it, we have to play these games but it's most important for me to be fully focused on what we do, and forget that we have already a result, and forget what we did at Crystal Palace because it's the past.
'There's nothing less interesting in football than the past. Everything that counts in football is the next match, the next competition.
Siege mentality for Porto as they take aim at Chelsea's spending
As we know, Pepe - a three-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid - is a master of the dark arts, but even for him this was slightly out of the ordinary. Next, his manager Sergio Conceicao, again unprompted, was on the front foot about cash — or rather Porto's lack of it. © Provided by Daily Mail Porto's Pepe brought up Chelsea's superior spending habits ahead of Champions League tie © Provided by Daily Mail Porto manager Sergio Conceicao was also quick to bring up cash in the build up 'When we go to the field we are not thinking we have spent £25m and Chelsea £250m in the market,' he said.
'So full focus on tomorrow, we can be absolutely self-confident, because we have a strong squad, the squad can rely always on their work-rate, their intensity, we are always a tough team to play against.
'And so the fight is on for tomorrow. We must take the chances that are there. We play in three competitions and hopefully we'll still be in three competitions.
'Tomorrow there's no trophy to win, on Saturday there's no trophy to win, but of course these are matches where we can take decisive steps, we are well aware.'
Chelsea are viewed as no match for Real Madrid by Spanish press .
PETE JENSON IN SPAIN: Real fans were torn between believing they have one foot in the final, and being wary of underestimating Chelsea, but Spain's press make Madrid the firm favourites.‘When Madrid can start to smell the final, their rivals should be praying to all the saints’ the triumphal column continued.