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Thomas Tuchel ‘rules out’ Premier League title challenge this year.

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Tuchel added that he had huge admiration for the outgoing boss as both a player and a person, and revealed he’d already spoken to Lampard since being appointed.

Thomas Tuchel has described any chance of Chelsea embarking on a Premier league title challenge this season as ‘not realistic’, and says he intends to focus his efforts on the Champions League and FA Cup.

The German boss was addressing the media in his first press conference since being appointed Blues manager, despite having already taken charge of his first game at the helm.

His maiden outing saw his side fail to break the deadlock against a resolute Wolves side on Wednesday evening – a result which leaves them 11 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City – and while Tuchel recognises he must deliver success, he’s already ruled out a title challenge this season.

“Realistically this year it’s the Champions League and the FA Cup,” he told reporters (via the club’s official YouTube channel). “To speak now about the Premier League title there are too many teams between us and this is not realistic, we will just lose the focus.

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“At Chelsea it is about results for us as managers. We always try to bring in performances, to bring in and develop and improve players and increase their value, but in the end I’m very realistic.

“I’m in a cub whose DNA it is to win and go for trophies and I’m here to challenge for every trophy we play for.”

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Despite underling the need to deliver consistent silverware during his time at Stamford Bridge, Tuchel also stressed the importance of entertaining the fans in the process.

“Success is also to make the stadium happy,” he added. “People should be exited to come to Stamford Bridge, people should be excited to watch our team, people should be excited and feel like the team plays with a special energy and atmosphere.”

Tuchel had been out of work for little over a month when he was announced as Chelsea’s new boss, though he said he couldn’t pass on such a glorious opportunity when the job was offered to him.

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“It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world in the most competitive league of the world,” he said. “It felt like we should not miss the chance to be part of the Chelsea family and to compete for titles with the best manager and best teams. That was a pretty easy choice.”

The recent sacking of Frank Lampard has not been well received by some sections of the Chelsea fan base, with a banner hung on the gates of Stamford Bridge voicing displeasure at the decision to dismiss the former Blues midfielder.

“I was a huge fan of Frank as a player,” he said. “It was a huge joy to watch him play and to see how he played with personality. He was one of the key players to demonstrate in 90 minutes what Chelsea was about – intensity, devotion and winning mentality.

“I have the biggest respect for him personally and for his legacy, It just got bigger when I received a personal message this morning to wish me all the best and maybe meet in the future when this is possible.”

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When quizzed about the possibility of adding to his squad during the January transfer window, Tuchel insisted he’s keen to show faith in those already at the club, though he failed to completely rule out any new arrivals.

“I have the feeling right now that the guys deserve to be trusted and I want to trust everybody,” he added. “If the possibility comes along that we all agree on making us stronger right away we will not hesitate, but it’s not like we have the absolute need to do something.”

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‘Which coach says no to Messi? I will sign him’ – Thomas Tuchel

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Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel laughed when asked whether he will react to this Champions League final defeat by signing Lionel Messi, saying transfers would be discussed in the coming days.

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Bayern Munich’s stars said their ‘crazy spirit’ was behind their triumph on Sunday night as Paris Saint-Germain’s £366million duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were left heartbroken in Lisbon.

In a live interview, Tuchel was asked about Messi, who is rumoured to be unhappy in Barcelona. Responding, the PSG boss said: ‘Which coach says no to Messi? We decided not to talk about transfers – not one transfer in this period. We will sit together in the next days. We have many things to do to improve the squad.

‘I think Messi finishes his career in Barcelona. He is Barcelona.’

Serge Gnabry, famously overlooked by Arsenal and West Brom, spoke afterwards about how Bayern’s togetherness was the key ingredient in them being crowned the kings of Europe.

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It saw the German giants win the Champions League for the first time since 2013 and clinch a 2019-20 treble. Gnabry said: ‘Winning that trophy is the best thing that could have happened.

‘The spirit we talk about came through and we are the best team in Europe. It was always going to be a difficult game. They have incredible talent up front with Neymar, Mbappe and Angel Di Maria.

‘Luckily they didn’t score and I’m happy we did. The King (Kingsley Coman) helped us extremely. For him to come in and score was incredible. It has always been said the spirit in this group is crazy. We have strong bond. Hopefully we can build on it.’

Bayern’s highly-rated left back Alphonso Davies was doused in water by his team-mates while conducting an interview.

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Asked about this young talented team, Davies said: ‘Coming to this club legends had won this title before. You want to keep that tradition going. Every young player is hungry to win titles as we saw our idols do it.’

Coman scored the winner after being given the nod ahead of Ivan Perisic on Bayern’s left wing – a big call by boss Hans-Dieter Flick.

Rio Ferdinand said: ‘That was a big decision to play Coman, bringing him out of the cold. He was magnificent. They had that mentality and had the control. They took the stuffing out of them.’

Owen Hargreaves, who won the Champions League with Bayern in 2001, added: ‘They call him (Coman) ‘the King’ around the training ground. He played like a young king. For a guy who does not start every game he played with loads of confidence.’

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said: ‘I had a feeling before that maybe the first goal decides this match. It’s a pity we couldn’t do it.’

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Tuchel’s future at PSG in doubt


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Tuchel’s future at PSG in doubt

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Thomas Tuchel’s future at Paris Saint-Germain is in serious doubt after the French club lost the Champions League final to Bayern Munich on Sunday.

Kingsley Coman’s second-half header separated the two sides in the Lisbon final to seal a historic treble for the German club and clinch a sixth European title.

Tuchel masterminded PSG’s route to the final, which included victories over Borussia Dortmund and Atalanta in the first two knockout rounds and a semi-final triumph over RB Leipzig.

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But journalist Gianluca Di Marzio told NobleSports Relaibe source that PSG chiefs are discussing the possibility of ending their association with the German coach following the loss and hiring Massimiliano Allegri as Tuchel’s replacement.

Tuchel has been in charge of the Ligue 1 giants since 2018 and has won back-to-back league titles as well as this year’s French Cup and League Cup.

The 46-year-old coach, who was at Borussia Dortmund before moving to Paris, has won 80 out of his 104 matches in charge of PSG – a win percentage of over 76 per cent.

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The French club are also losing captain Thiago Silva this summer, with the Brazilian defender set to sign a two-year deal at Premier League side Chelsea.

Allegri, meanwhile, has been out of a job since leaving Juventus last summer and has been strongly linked with a return to management this year.

The Italian coach has also been named as a potential manager at Inter Milan, should the club relieve current boss Antonio Conte of his duties following their Europa League final defeat to Sevilla this week.

At Juventus, Allegri won five consecutive Serie A titles, including four league and cup doubles in a row, while he also reached two Champions League finals with the Turin club.

The 53-year-old has also coached several other teams in Italy, including Juventus’ rivals AC Milan.

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Mbappe to start against Leipzig – Tuchel confirms

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After making a big impact from the bench against Atalanta, Kylian Mbappé is in line to start Paris Saint-Germain’s clash with RB Leipzig.

Kylian Mbappé could start PSG’s Champions League semi-final meeting with RB Leipzig, coach Thomas Tuchel has confirmed.

The France international was a major doubt for what proved to be a dramatic 2-1 quarter-final win over Atalanta last week but made a telling difference from the bench.

After coming through the final 30 minutes of that match unscathed, Tuchel is prepared to throw Mbappé in from the start at the Estadio da Luz on Tuesday.

“He played 30 minutes against Atalanta and had no problems with his ankle,” he said.

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“So he will train and, if there is the possibility for him to start, we will see if he can play the 90 minutes.”

Mbappé set up Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for PSG’s last-gasp winner against Atalanta as the French champions completed a remarkable late comeback.

Tuchel hails Neymar’s leadership
Fellow forward Neymar played a big part in both of PSG’s goals and Tuchel has hailed the leadership qualities shown by the Brazil international.

“When I arrived he was the leader on the field. Everyone expects a leader who speaks, but he is different,” Tuchel said.

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“He leads by his quality, his hunger on the field, his fighting spirit. He likes to fight on the field.

“This season, we created a group with players like [Ander] Herrera, [Pablo] Sarabia or [Keylor] Navas. They are players who know how to play together and know how to create an atmosphere.

“It’s a team sport and Neymar cannot win alone. We are very happy to have created a special atmosphere.”

Between them, Mbappé and Neymar have scored 59 goals in all competitions this term for PSG, who are still on course for an unprecedented quadruple.

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“That’s our strong point,” Tuchel said when asked about the partnership between the attacking pair. “They make the difference.

“It’s the mix between Neymar who dribbles and Kylian who brings his speed. Of course that’s our strong point. In each team there are connections between players – the two together are exceptional.”

Tuchel’s side were crowned Ligue 1 champions in April after the season was curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic, before going on to win both domestic cup competitions.

And the German coach insisted his players remain motivated to create some club history, with Bayern Munich or Lyon to come in the Lisbon final should they overcome Atletico Madrid’s conquerors Leipzig.

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“We live in the present moment, we deserve to be here, we have had an extraordinary journey and season,” he said.

“If we got this far, it’s because we worked for several months, at the best level. The players are calm and happy to be together. On the pitch they are strong, especially in training.

“The players are focused and smiling. We are ready, we are hungry, but we do not think about the historical side, because we are in the semi-finals and we are there to win.

“We cannot control the result, but we will fight.”

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Tuchel: Neymar is always reliable in big matches


Neymar “is always reliable when the big matches come around”, according to Thomas Tuchel, who has praised the world’s most expensive player for his standout display in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund.
Paris Saint-German signed Neymar from Barcelona for a record fee of €220 million (£193m/$239m) in the summer of 2017, a move which sent shockwaves across European football.

Fitness issues have continued to plague Neymar this season but he has hit 18 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions, including two in a last-16 Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund.

The ex-Barca talisman scored in both legs as PSG progressed to the quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate, and has now been hailed by his manager for “taking on his responsibilities” on the biggest of stages.

Tuchel told the club’s official website: “Ney is always the key, in attack and in defence. I must really say that he is always reliable when the big matches come around.

“He works hard, he’s always there, he’s very intelligent, he controls the passes. We saw that his capacities increased after the first match against Dortmund.

“Sadly, he was injured before that and hadn’t played before the first leg. But between the two legs, he improved physically and his capacities were enhanced.

“He gave everybody the impression that he was there, that he was taking on his responsibilities. That gave everybody the right impression: to me, to the team on the pitch, and it’s great.”


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