Chelsea targeting top four spot after Thomas Tuchel’s immediate impact

Chelsea: Tuchel gives verdict on Sheff Utd win

Chelsea currently sit just one point behind fourth-place Liverpool in the Premier League table and they are hoping to secure qualification for the Champions League this season. The Blues had fallen off the pace under former manager Frank Lampard and were sat ninth when he was sacked.

However, they are unbeaten under new boss Thomas Tuchel, drawing against Wolves and beating Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United.

Their 2-1 win over the Blades on Sunday saw them move up to fifth and a spot in the top four is within their grasp.

When he was first appointed, Tuchel initially downplayed talk of finishing in the top four, saying: “That’s far away, we have to be realistic at the same time.

“When you sign for Chelsea as manager it’s absolutely right you sign for the expectation to fight for titles, Premier Leagues, Champions Leagues and cups.

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“It’s absolutely clear, but at the same time we have to be realistic that there are a lot of teams and points between us and fourth.

“So maybe it’s the best time now to step up in the middle of the season, and we can’t lose focus in looking too far ahead.

“We must stay now and work on a daily basis on details and progression in our game, and points will follow.”

However, after their win over Sheffield United, Tuchel explained that Chelsea “are the hunters” and “want to try everything to reach the top four”.

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“It is clear that we are responsible now for a situation where we are close to where we want to be,” he said.

“We want to try everything to reach the top four and we said this very clear when we started.

“So now the guys put themselves in the situation where we are the hunters for the teams in front of us and we are close.”

Blues midfielder Mateo Kovacic is confident about their chances, telling the club’s official website after their win over Spurs: “We have started well under the new coach.

“That’s two wins in a row, plus a draw in his first game, and he’s explained to us exactly what he wants from us.

“We have started well but I think we can do even better.

“We played well against Tottenham and if we continue like that I think we can certainly get back into the top four.

“I think with this team we are good enough and we deserve to be there but you have to work hard for it. So let’s take things game by game and see where it takes us.”

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