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PremierLeague-News.Com - The head coach has reiterated that his team deserved to win at Wembley
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Thomas Tuchel said yesterday’s FA Cup final defeat to Leicester City does nothing to alter the level of pressure facing his Chelsea team when they meet Brendan Rodgers’ side again on Tuesday with a top four place at stake. Three points at Stamford Bridge for the visitors will guarantee them Champions League football next season and take Chelsea’s destiny out of their hands, handing the initiative to Liverpool, but the German head coach rejects any suggestion that losing 1-0 at Wembley makes the challenge facing his team any greater. Instead Tuchel, describing Tuesday’s game as “another cup final”, views the anaemic defeat to Arsenal last Wednesday as having a greater impact on his preparations as he reiterated that his team deserved to win against Rodgers' team. “Absolutely not,” he said of the pressure being ramped up. “Arsenal increased the pressure for Tuesday. Saturday was an isolated game. It has nothing to do with the race for top four or the Champions League final. The Man City win had a lot to do in a positive way. Arsenal increased the pressure definitely for Tuesday, not this game.” Tuchel found no reason to be overly critical of his players following another final defeat and can see no concerns regarding the mentality in the dressing room at the beginning of a fortnight that has the potential to overwrite much of his impressive work since taking the job in later January. Yet he is quickly learning how volatile this club is, how fine the margins between success and failure are. It seems unthinkable but falling out of the top four and losing to City on Saturday week would entirely alter the complexion of his job to date. "They are quite down but I hope we’ve built a relationship that goes beyond our results," he said of the mood in the dressing room yesterday. "Sometimes we’re not happy with our performances if we win, sometimes we’re not happy when we lose. There are aspects from this game we can absolutely be satisfied with. It is super hard to accept it but there is no team in the world that has not lost a final. We’re not the first, we’re not the last. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now "This is about bouncing back and we’ll not stop pushing the team. This was a different competition, a cup final. Now we enter back in the race for the top four. It’s in our hands. It’s another two finals. And I’m not sure yet how to approach the team tomorrow. I’m not angry, I’ll not give too much criticism. It’s about staying positive.
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. It’s so hard to accept because never think about losing a final when you arrive. When it’s like this it’s the best thing to play again on Tuesday. We’ll conserve the positive things, improve the little details. We need a little bit of luck to turn things around. We never lied about that. We said that when consistently winning. That has not changed. I hope the atmosphere is not too negative." Tuchel then repeated his claim that Chelsea, who struggled to make Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schemichel work until the latter stages, deserved to win and were merely unlucky. He also rejects any suggestion that the dressing room may lack the strong leadership required to immediately overcome such a setback. “I’m not even sure if we need to be more determined,” he added. “I’m not ready to analyse this game from the result backwards. We were determined. We have enough leaders, it’s a strong group that deserved to be in the final.
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"This group deserved, for me, to win the final. We can absolutely accept we did not win and can improve in some moments of this game. But we did enough to win this game. We were simply unlucky. “If you have a group that arrives in this final, arrives in the Champions League final and in place nine or ten for top four, there’s no reason to doubt we’re not strong enough to handle this situation. Strong enough to arrive here, strong enough to handle the situation. That’s the challenge. "Is it easy? No. It’s fun because this is what it is about. There are a lot of teams out there jealous of our situation I can tell you.”
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