Every word from Thomas Tuchel on Champions League victory, Kante, new contract with Chelsea
Just sum up your feelings and emotions for us
A huge experience, a huge success.
Of course, we will all benefit from this experience together. We will do this to stay hungry and grow and evolve from it. It’s a huge step to get to the final, even bigger to make your way through and get to the cup, a fantastic achievement and congratulations to everyone.
We knew we needed a top performance and we needed a strong bond today to overcome this game and have a chance to win this game.
That’s what we did, and I’m almost speechless, very, very happy to share this moment with this team, staff and support every day at Cobham.
It’s for them, for our team leader who is at home, it’s for my parents, my family, my children.
Kante and Rudiger were the rocks on which the result was built
I’m not sure I feel very confident about single players right now. The effort was enormous, there were some difficult and very dangerous moments with a fantastic attitude to defend.
We had an early change with Andreas for Thiago Silva which didn’t make it easy but we were brave, even in the times when it was difficult to escape the pressure we had to suffer, we were brave in the training, constantly active and it was a relentless performance.
Sure, Toni and NG were fantastic, but it was a solid, solid performance.
Were you surprised by the selection of Pep’s team
I expected Fernandinho in the lineup to start so he chose a very attacking formation and a very technical formation, it was very difficult to steal the ball and get the ball back. Everything else we more or less expected.
We expected them to play very broadly so it was important that we consistently come out with Azpi and Toni, out of the bottom five to support our midfielder and stay in that block in the top five to stop the game change. diagonally.
We were absolutely sure we had to play with a strong bond and conviction, which is what we did. Minute after minute, we grabbed possession, second balls and launched counter attacks. From there it was a tough game until the end.
How do you deal with success?
This is the next game, honestly.
I lived it with my first professional football title, I was not surprised. It was a nice feeling but it wasn’t too much for me. Even when I got to the first practice after winning a cup with Dortmund with less hunger, desire or ambition.
Of course, now is the time to party for a few days, to enjoy it, to let it in. Sure, this is a good time to think for a week or two, but surprisingly, that doesn’t do much to you. I think it’s good because nobody wants to rest, I don’t want to rest. I want the following process, the same level of quality and consistency and demand to be part of it.
This is what comes next.
What’s next for this group of players?
Obviously we have a strong group, a strong bond, who can defend themselves as a unit that is an important part of football and that has questions answered in the game. They have tremendous energy in the game and can deliver under pressure.
The level is now fixed from the end of the celebrations and when we have digested this experience, it is the time to evolve and use it, to become better to learn. It is absolutely crucial. We have young players, now it’s a big challenge to stay hungry and move on.
Have you spoken to Roman Abramovich and discussed a new contract?
I’m not even 100% sure, but maybe I have a new contract now with this win! My manager said something about it, but I don’t know, so let’s see.
I spoke to the owner right now on the pitch, it was the best time for a first meeting, or the worst because the form now can only get worse.
We’ll talk tomorrow, we’ll talk later. I look forward to this. I can assure him that I will stay hungry. That I want the next title. That I feel absolutely happy to be part of a really ambitious club, a strong group that perfectly matches my convictions, my passion for football at the moment perfectly, so my desire is to go for more wins.
My desire is to grow as a coach and my desire is to push the squad from day one of next season. He’s who I am so it would be nice to meet him a little closer. We are in contact, but not personally. We are in constant contact and he knows what is happening to me indirectly and now it’s nice to meet him.