Chelsea: Tuchel confident of coping with FA Cup final pressure
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Thomas Tuchel claims he knows exactly how to get up for the Cup.
Just 20 minutes of meditation in his hotel room ahead of the game and he reckons he will be flying. Literally.
“Some years ago I came into this,” he explained. “It helped me it was a nice experience maybe between Mainz and Dortmund.
“The morning of a game I try to wake up early and do some sports and some meditation and then be ready to prepare the first meeting.
“You try to get into some routines but I have my ups and downs. Sometimes I am very disciplined, sometimes not so.
“It is normal to be excited and to be nervous. Sometimes more or less and sometimes it can catch me before normal matches and sometimes you feel calm even if the pressure is on.
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“But for just twenty minutes breathe in, breathe out. And try hard to do nothing.”
“Do you drift away onto a higher plane?” the German was asked.
“Usually, I fly 20 or 30 centimetres off the floor – I glide around the room,” Tuchel said mischievously.
“No it is nothing special. It is just breathing and trying hard to do nothing.”
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By the time it comes to stepping over that white line, it is his players who will discover they have got it all to do.
They have to make the transition from talented prospects to serial winners.
One trophy is all it could take.
“Given the fact we are a young team, it could be a huge step to overcome this obstacle and make the last step and have this experience together,” Tuchel said.
“It could be absolutely crucial.
“If it’s not possible to win we will push the team to bounce back because sport is about this.
“That is what makes finals special. They can be crucial moments and in terms of development it can be a huge boost.
“It can be an accelerator for everything that’s coming. It can be a huge boost in confidence and in the race for the top four and ahead of the Champions League final.
“So, yeah, this is all pretty much in the pot for Wembley.”
Plus one other ingredient.
For the first time since he moved to Chelsea in January, his wife Sissi will be at the ground to watch Tuchel in action.
“My kids are too young to be in the stadium but my wife will be there which is very nice,” he said. “It’s a reward that they are in the country – a big reward.
“I love to play the final with them here – my wife is a very, very good spectator and huge luck.”
And will presumably help him keep his feet on the floor.
Tuchel has also warned Leicester to the fear the anger of his Chelsea players ahead of the showpiece event at Wembley.
The Blues manager is still seething at the defeat to Arsenal and says his whole squad will be fired up for the showpiece clash at Wembley without the need for any inspirational team-talks.
And with Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante both fit to start he expects his side to be fully fired-up for the encounter.
“Did the defeat against Arsenal give us a kick up the backside? Yes, it clearly did,” he said.
“It is good for the preparation.
“I am not angry at myself or the players just that we got that result and missed an opportunity.
“So I am not yet in the mode to enjoy final, I still have a bit of a hangover.
“But hopefully we can turn it into a good performance in preparation to push the team to the edge and get them to play sharp. That’s my responsibility.
“We want to show a reaction and we have to show a reaction. It is my first final here in England and it is huge.”
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