Sports James lifts the lid on Chelsea life under ‘very funny’ Tuchel as trophy target is set
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Reece James has lifted the lid on life under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea, with the demanding German coach considered to be “very funny”
The Blues are yet to suffer defeat under their latest manager, with a productive 10-game run taken in since Frank Lampard was ushered through the exits at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel has wasted little time in getting his message across, with high standards being set in west London, but there is a lighter side to the 47-year-old that is helping to keep everybody on board.
What has been said?
James told Chelsea’sof Tuchel: “He is very funny and very passionate because he wants to win.
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With the 1-0 win in Bucharest in the first leg of the Champions League first leg against Atletico Madrid, Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea have mastered their biggest challenge so far - to the satisfaction of the coach. © Getty Images Coach and winning goal scorer: Thomas Tuchel and Olivier Giroud on his replacement. "It was a very disciplined performance through which we earned zero, thanks to hard work and teamwork. That was the basis for an important victory.
“He wants the best for his players and his team, and that shows when he’s on the sideline kicking and heading every ball. Everyone gets on well and it’s a great group.”
Has James been a regular under Tuchel?
The 21-year-old right-back has
Lampard often found a role for him in his plans, while Tuchel has also been impressed by the home-grown star.
James has taken in five appearances under the German, although only two of those outings have been as a starter.
He accepts that competition for places is fierce, adding: “When you play for a top team, you cannot always play and you know you might find yourself in a period where you don’t play as much.
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The German tactician was talked into taking the reins at Stamford Bridge and intends to earn a long-term stay at Stamford BridgeRoman Abramovich turned to the former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss for inspiration after taking the decision to part with club legend Frank Lampard.
“You have to just keep working hard and you never know when your chance will come. I have to keep working and be ready. The manager always has his reasons on why he thinks that person should play. He is the manager and he makes the decisions so I have to respect them.”
The bigger picture
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The Premier League top-four hopefuls are into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and last 16 of the Champions League – where they hold a 1-0 lead over La Liga giants Atletico Madrid – and James is determined to get his hands on silverware.
He has said of targets from this point, with a home date against Everton next on the agenda: “We have to win trophies this season.
“There are not many games left to play so we need to keep working and keep on pushing game by game because the aim is always to win trophies.”
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