Thomas Tuchel determined to guarantee Chelsea secure a Champions League qualification

Thomas Tuchel is very optimistic on the Premier League top-four challenge

Thomas Tuchel is positive Chelsea will show their resolve after back-to-back defeats for the first time in his tenure and secure Champions League qualification.

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Thomas Tuchel side will assure Champions League qualification with victory in their last two Premier League matches

Chelsea host third-placed Leicester on Tuesday, knowing a victory would see them leap over the Foxes on the Premier League table, before travelling to Aston Villa on Sunday.

Tuchel said he had “no regrets” about his side’s FA Cup final defeat to Leicester on Saturday, but the fact that Liverpool has increased the pressure as goalkeeper Alisson’s dying minutes header goal [2-1] at West Brom moved them within one point of the Blues.

“The setback was the Arsenal game [a 1-0 defeat last week],” said the Chelsea head coach.

“It is our fault that it is so close again. We let the door open and Liverpool put a foot in the door.”

“This is what they do, this is a strong team.”

“We had a huge effort to overcome them and to close the gap to overtake them. This is what we did and we can be aware of this huge performance that we did so far. But we want to finish the job.”

Tuchel, whose side will face Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League final; Europe’s top-tier club competition said he was “fighting hard” to gain back momentum and confidence with his side.

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“The margins are so tight in football for wins and losses. It’s easy to handle your self-confidence when you win but nobody needs to be afraid of the situation,” The German coach said as he admitted doubts were unavoidable.

“If we bring out the same performance as in the final, the same work rate and energy, improve with details in the match, we are able to win games. We are aware we need momentum and luck in any match for results.”

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