The Citizen (Gauteng)

Tuchel’s Chelsea high on confidence


Manchester – Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel praised his team’s performanc­e and said they were high on confidence following Saturday’s dramatic 2-1 Premier League win at Manchester City, which delayed the Etihad club’s title celebratio­ns.

Raheem Sterling put City ahead in the 44th minute but Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech equalised in the 63rd minute before Marcos Alonso (right) completed their comeback with an injury-time winner.

It was Chelsea’s second victory over City in three weeks following last month’s FA Cup semifinal win.

The London club are unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitio­ns.

“It’s best to have consecutiv­e good performanc­es that lead to results,” said Tuchel, whose side moved to third in the league on 64 points after 35 games.

“The group and the players do everything to force the luck on our side, and we caught the momentum to have another big win.

“It increases our self-confidence in a natural and healthy way because everybody knows we have to restart on Wednesday (against Arsenal in the league).”

Tuchel will face Pep Guardiola’s side again later this month when they play the Uefa Champions League final on 29 May in Istanbul.

“The final is a very unique game and you cannot predict what will happen,” Tuchel added.

“You need to be well prepared, we will have some changes again, they will have some changes again, but we will arrive with the knowledge we are capable of beating City.”

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