Thomas Tuchel wants his inexperienced team to focus on the process of challenging for the title rather than the outcome of lifting the trophy ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Leicester.
The Blues sit top of the Premier League and have already won the Champions League under Tuchel’s tutelage, but the German coach is only focused on his squad producing the best application in every training session over the course of the season.
The German coach took the reins at Chelsea, part way through a season where the Blues had signed talented players in Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell to add to a squad with a number of academy products including Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Reece James.
They have entered an environment that demands victory, with serial winners in the squad including Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and N’Golo Kante.
Tuchel has seen success combining the groups, and has a simple method to try and go all the way in the league this term.
He said: “There are some guys who are waiting for titles in leagues. I think we have a pretty young team that is maybe not so used to winning.
“It was an unusual transfer period for Chelsea to sign so many young talents, full of promise.
“It’s very important for these guys to step into a club like this who demands winning, a certain attitude towards titles and is keen to have titles, is not shy to talk about it. But if you break it down, even if you want to compete for the Premier League title, which is maybe the toughest one of all competitions, then you end up taking care about the process and the process is a daily business.
“How you behave, how you train, how is your mood, are you professional, are you in your personal mindset that you’re capable of producing top-level performances and this is what we want to implement.
“There is no reason now to talk about big titles. You will not find one day before the semi final ended where we talked about winning the Champions League because if you don’t win the semi final there is no winning of the Champions League. It is an easy as that.
“The focus is always on the next step and this is what we want to take care of. There is no other way to win a marathon than to be all good in all parts of the 42km. If you have a good start, who cares, if you have a good finish, who cares, if you have a bad 20km in between. We need to be at our top level over the full 42km. You know what I mean? It’s not a sprint.
“Nobody is leaning back and saying, ‘OK, it’s good what we did, we are first, things will work out’. We will have a hard time tomorrow at 12.30pm. We have to race our own race and we have challenge us to be on our top level, otherwise we don’t win.”
In recent seasons Manchester City and Liverpool have set the standard. The pair have set records and City in particular have dominated, winning three of the last four titles since Chelsea finished top of the pile.
The Blues currently lie three points ahead of Pep Guardiola’s side and four points ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Tuchel knows the Blues have the ability to compete with anyone over 90 minutes, but he wants his side to exhibit the consistency that illicits championships.
The 48-year-old said: “Exactly. This is the part we need to prove because we prove over 90 minutes that we can close gaps and beat everybody. This is a feeling we have. This is the feeling we want to create and want constantly on the pitch, that we are able to beat anybody and the team nobody wants to play against.
“We can compete on any level, but we are still in all competitions and this is a big competition and like I said, they did it over years and years and years, the amount of points and they challenge each other and push each other to an amount of points which was really, really impressive over the last years and we have to prove this point.
“This point will not be proven on Saturday, or the next week, or at Christmas. There is a long, long way to go and we have to dig in at some point and prove to ourselves that we can overcome obstacles and hard times.
“If you go on a journey the most important thing is that at some time, you stop talking and stop planning and you actually do the first step, close the door, turn the key and you go. This is the most important and I have the feeling we are on our journey. But when things get rough, we have to keep on going. That’s the next step. Don’t stop – put one step after the other if you want to reach the target, if you want to reach the goal, and this is what we are up to.
“This is what will come. There will be rain. There will be tough matches out there, opponents who make our lives not easy, but we have to go through it and stick together and hopefully in a successful way.”
Source by Football London