Thomas Tuchel made history this week, becoming the first Chelsea manager to reach the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup finals, and the fact that he did it all in a year would suggest he is on his way to becoming one of the club’s players. big.
But what if he can’t win the Premier League? Already 10 points behind leaders Manchester City, anything less than a win over Pep Guardiola’s side on Saturday lunchtime would effectively end Tuchel’s hopes of doing so this season.
Guardiola is on course to win his fourth league title in five seasons at City and his status as one of the club’s greatest managers is assured, but the lack of Champions League success is a significant gap in the the Spaniard’s long list of achievements with the club.
Tuchel took four months to win the Champions League for just the second time in Chelsea’s history, beating Guardiola’s City at Porto, but would he still feel something important was missing if he didn’t win? not the title of champion with the Blues?
” Me personally ? If we weren’t at a press conference, I would say “yes”! It would be like ‘argh, we should have, argh’. I don’t know if we can do it within 18 months (of my contract) or whatever, it depends on many factors. But, yes, yes, I want to win the Premier League with Chelsea. A clear yes.
“Will I be miserable for the rest of my life if we can’t do this? Maybe not, but I’d be absolutely furious with myself if we didn’t try.
Tuchel was granted a two-year contract extension for winning the Champions League, which means that under the terms of his current contract, the German will also have next season to try to win the league title.