latest Chelesa News: Tuchel names Chelsea duo crucial to helping him sleep well ahead of the Carabao Cup final
Thomas Tuchel believes Cesar Azpilicueta and N’Golo Kante’s form will help him sleep comfortably ahead of the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool on Sunday.
The Blues will be trying to win their third trophy of the season at Wembley. However, with Jurgen Klopp’s team in good form, their task will not be simple.
Tuchel has declared the Reds small favourites for the match, but he insists there will be no inferiority complex for Chelsea, who have won all three previous encounters between the two teams.
Chelsea will take an almost completely fit team to north London for the short trip. Reece James, Mateo Kovacic, Hakim Ziyech, and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all back in training following different injuries and knocks. Ben Chilwell (knee) is anticipated to be the lone absentee.
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Tuchel, on the other hand, believes that his faith in two of Chelsea’s more experienced players will allow him to arrive at Wembley rested.
“Having players like Azpi and N’Golo in your team who care about winning matches like this, who have the experience to win it and what it takes, is extremely crucial,” the German coach stated yesterday.
“It gives you actual belief, which you cannot get from anything else. There was no conversation, no video [analysis], no nothing.
“So, for the time being, I am content. N’Golo rediscovered his form after a string of poor performances in previous games; he was excellent against Crystal Palace and fantastic against Lille. He was and continues to be a significant player for us.
“When [a player like] N’Golo is in good form and Azpi, the captain, is in good shape, it helps a manager sleep comfortably before critical matches. It’s a positive indication.”
Chelsea has reached the final of every cup tournament they have entered since Tuchel arrived a little over a year ago.
The Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and Club World Cup are the three that have resulted in trophies. The other was the FA Cup final last season, in which the Blues were defeated by Leicester City at Wembley.
As a result, many have proclaimed Chelsea to be a cup team that only plays on special occasions. While some supporters have taken exception to Tuchel’s claim, he sees it as a praise.
“I appreciate it if we’re recognized and treated this way,” Tuchel remarked. “At the end of the day, it’s a recognition that we’re competitive, that we understand what it takes to go to the finals. First and foremost, there’s always a long way to go, always a difficult way to go, and it’s always vital to take it one step at a time.”
“All of this is included provided you make it to the end.” As a result, there is a lot of gratitude in it. Of course, we can’t deny that getting to a final and winning a final are two very different things. Even though you know there will be a loser, you don’t want to be the losing team.
“Are we just getting started on turning this into a league campaign?” We are, indeed. And it’s not like we’re significantly underperforming compared to where we were a year ago.
“We should also allow ourselves to not be too down on ourselves for now being in third place and competing in so many different tournaments.
“There are an awful lot of positive things in this development and there are so many good things to build on.
“So we shouldn’t say, “Yeah, but this is a cup team, a tournament team, not a league club.” This isn’t true, and I don’t think it’s true. If people choose to look at it this way, that’s OK; it’s their choice.
However, although everyone has an opinion, we can stay focused on what we’re doing, which is taking care of the process on a daily basis.”
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