Praise Chelsea's players, not me: Tuchel

Nick PurewalAAP
Thomas Tuchel celebrated perhaps his best win yet with Chelsea as they beat Liverpool at Anfield.
Camera IconThomas Tuchel celebrated perhaps his best win yet with Chelsea as they beat Liverpool at Anfield.

Thomas Tuchel is refusing to take the credit amid all the praise being heaped on him for Chelsea's 10-match unbeaten run since he took the Stamford Bridge tiller.

The German has already masterminded victories over celebrated managers Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho and Diego Simeone since replacing Frank Lampard in west London.

Chelsea were languishing in ninth place when Tuchel took charge - but just five weeks later the Blues are fourth in the table and three points shy of third-placed Leicester.

Tuchel, though, reckons all the credit for that resurgence should go to Chelsea's players.

Asked to explain his role in Chelsea's revival, Tuchel replied: "I am flattered - but I will just give the flowers to the players and to the club.

"It is proven that Chelsea is an organisation and a club that has everything that you need to be successful as a coach and as a football team, so now it is my job to bring out the very best of myself, together with the team.

"There is no other way to express myself than with team performances."

Tuchel inherited a Chelsea squad lacking direction as Lampard's reign had stuttered to a frustrating end.

The former Paris St Germain boss has quickly whipped the Blues into defensive rhythm however, with his side having conceded just twice on his watch.

Thursday's 1-0 win over reigning champions Liverpool at Anfield provided another big step forward, following important wins at Tottenham and also against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

Tuchel will go up against another big-name coach, Carlo Ancelotti, when Chelsea host Everton on Monday, with the fifth-placed Toffees boasting a game in hand over the Blues.

"I am happy to be on the sideline. I feel an attitude, an unbelievable attitude towards training, towards games, I feel the bond that is necessary," said Tuchel.

"In the whole world when football is played, the teams that stand out are the teams that fight for each other, are ready to sacrifice, are happy for each other, push each other from the bench and this is exactly what I found.

"I found a lot of talent. It's a pleasure to compete with this team and this group against other strong, strong managers and with their groups and to be in this competition is pure joy. It is everything that you look for as a coach."

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