Football: Tuchel says Chelsea must emulate Reds inconsistently
LONDON (REUTERS) – Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has said his side must learn to be consistent winners after losing the FA Cup final on penalties to Liverpool on Saturday May 14, and he said that the sanctions imposed on the club made the task more difficult. .
The London club have been in a state of turmoil in recent months after Russian owner Roman Abramovich put the club up for sale following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the British government then imposed strict controls at the club.
Tuchel said Liverpool and Premier League leaders Manchester City were winning games week in and week out, showing the fruits of their long-term planning.
“They are very, very, very consistent and we are in the opposite situation at the moment, given the penalties. The players are leaving,” said the German.
Antonio Rudiger, a mainstay of the Chelsea defense, will leave the club at the end of this season and fellow defender Andreas Christensen is also expected to leave.
Tuchel drastically turned Chelsea’s fortunes around when he replaced Frank Lampard as manager in January 2021 and he led the Blues to a Champions League triumph four months later.
Chelsea reached the FA Cup final in 2021, when they were beaten by Leicester City, as well as the League Cup final in February this year, when they also lost to Liverpool on penalties .
But they have struggled to find their groove in the Premier League and they sit in third place, 19 points behind leaders Manchester City and 16 behind Liverpool.
“We can produce peak performances and we have the mentality in the club to shape the mentality of the players to have those peak performances,” he said.