Doubting Thomas? Realistic Thomas. Herr Tuchel has told Chelsea to adopt a “realistic approach” to their Premier League ambitions this season after seeing his side’s string of stutter leave them in a top-four scrap.
The new club champions of the world trail Manchester City by 16 points, with any thoughts of the title seemingly long gone but, buoyed by some Abu Dhabi swag, it was time for a different kind of pep talk.
“The 16 points (gap on City) sounds too much, is too much, to where we want to be and what we demand of ourselves, but it’s the reality,” Tuchel said, ahead of a trip to Crystal Palace.
“To reach your targets, a realistic approach is also necessary. So we should not get confused about winning the Premier League. And we still have to realise we are in the race for top four right now, which is a huge thing in Premier League in general.
“You can do of course stuff within the season, try to improve, and this is what we do. But right now the focus has to be on a realistic approach, that we are in the race for the top four, and that maybe in the moment things are not super easy for us.
“We will not start judging competitions now, the most important game is at Crystal Palace tomorrow. And after that we go switching competitions, which is positive because it shows how we are progressing. So we should not lose faith now, and not get frustrated or less passionate about what we do. We must keep on going and push ourselves to the limit.”
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