Reporting from Stamford Bridge
Thomas Tuchel has insisted that Chelsea will keep on pushing up the table, after they beat Newcastle 2-0 on Monday.
Chelsea secured a fifth straight win in all competitions, when they prevailed over the Magpies at Stamford Bridge. Goals from Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner gave the Blues all three points, as they moved up to fourth and ahead of defending champions Liverpool.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Tuchel was confident in the Blues’ chances, and believed that they can aim for even greater things this season.
He said, “We will never stop pushing. We knew that if we win today, we’ll be in the top four, but I can only tell everybody that there’s still a long way to go, a lot of tough teams, many points to win. It’s important that we take two days off and recover mentally and physically, but we have to keep going.”
Tuchel added, “We worked hard for this momentum, the players worked hard to win all these games. It will not stop; the players know that when they sign for Chelsea.”
The win sees Chelsea go into the top four for the first time since December, where a 3-1 win over Leeds propelled them to the top of the table. Although it has been a tough few months since that statement victory, the Blues are clearly back on track, recording five wins on the bounce under Tuchel.
One of the standout moments was Werner breaking his goal drought, scoring his first goal since January and his first goal in the league in 15 outings. It is a massive boost for the German striker who has truly been struggling for confidence, but Chelsea will hope that his goal on Monday will serve him well for the final few months of the season.
On Werner, Tuchel explained, “He would not be the first striker [going through a difficult spell], because the last percentage of confidence and belief comes from goals, nothing else. I’m happy because he put in a lot of effort, and it’s a big relief.”
While there were goals for two of Chelsea’s strikers in Werner and Giroud, there was so such luck for the third talisman. Tammy Abraham came off injured after just 20 minutes, with what looked to be an ankle injury.“[There’s] not yet an update,” Tuchel admitted. “We are worried but there is no news so far.”
Unbeaten under Tuchel and in their best run of form for months, Chelsea have a tough run of fixtures coming up. After the weekend trip to Southampton on Saturday, the Blues travel to Bucharest to face Atlético Madrid in the Champions League, before returning to Stamford Bridge to host Manchester United on 28th February.
Although the manager recognised the significance of the upcoming games, he was determined to stay focused on the task ahead this weekend.
Tuchel said, “We still are in three competitions, it cannot distract us. My players know this very well, we worked hard for this moment, to win all these games in a row. Everybody is prepared for this competition; the challenge is to keep on going.”
He concluded by saying, “Hopefully I will tell you next Monday that we are prepared, but we know Atlético are top of the league, one of the toughest teams to beat. We will now focus on Southampton, and the best way to arrive in a Champions League game is with a good performance and a win.”
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