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Tuchel not stopping at Champions League success as he eyes Chelsea "dynasty"


Thomas Tuchel had not stopped celebrating before he was already thinking about the next trophy.

This is a manager driven by success and glory, a determination to build an “empire or a dynasty” at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel’s progress in just four months to lead Chelsea to their second Champions League is nothing short of remarkable because of the impact he has made since taking charge.

Chelsea boss Tuchel inspired one of the great team performances to overcome Manchester City in Porto, a magnificent effort with heroic individual displays with the hallmarks of the determination and passion of their manager.

Tuchel inherited good players but a team which was looking for a new identity with a promising mix of young players, experienced heads and others who were not performing at their best.



Thomas Tuchel is already eyeing further glory with Chelsea
Thomas Tuchel is already eyeing further glory with Chelsea

His ability to galvanise them, bring them together and make them into European champions is more about a short term fix and now he wants to build something even stronger for the long term.

When asked whether the Champions League could be the start of something big and if could build an empire or dynasty, Tuchel said: “We have to check with the owner if this is his plan, I think it’s possible.

“It’s always possible because the foundation is very, very strong. The belief, the determination of the club, the players, the group that they built is very strong.

“We have a group with a very strong bond, a genuine belief and a fantastic work ethic, so it’s still a young, experienced squad still.

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“It’s like a similar deal with Tom Brady when they ask him what is his favourite win and he says: ‘the next one.’”

That philosophy has driven the most successful star in NFL history and now Tuchel wants to ensure his side have that running through them.

For many of the younger players like Mason Mount and Reece James, it is a new experience to win trophies. Now the trick is to ensure they do not lose their hunger.



Tuchel has brought the best out of youngsters like Mason Mount
Tuchel has brought the best out of youngsters like Mason Mount

Cesar Azpilicueta has been at the club for nine years, arrived the summer they had just won their first Champions League in 2012 and for others, like Antonio Rudiger, they have tasted some success and want more.

Tuchel made it clear that he wants to ensure that success will not change the players’ mentality, especially as he has set his sights on making a real challenge for the Premier League title next season.

Tuchel said: “So it’s the challenge now to make this not too heavy for us, this huge success. Because they have this huge success very early in their career and to keep them hungry. So this is now the challenge.

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“So this is now the thing, we have a Premier League to play from day one. We will be seen a bit differently as Champions League winners and this is where we have to step up.

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“If we really want to build something, I’m all in, I can tell you. And I’m happy to talk about it and discuss it. If our beliefs match, we go from there.”

It is hard not to buy into Tuchel’s passion and that was the driving force behind Chelsea’s victory in Porto. This was not about City not turning up or getting their tactics wrong as much as Tuchel masterminding a brilliant, third victory over Pep Guardiola in four months.



This win could be just the start for Chelsea under Tuchel
This win could be just the start for Chelsea under Tuchel

Chelsea have got the measure of City and now the challenge is to produce consistently to last the pace. N’Golo Kante was magnificent in midfield, Reece James was sensational in a brilliant defensive display while Kai Havertz’s winner was reward for the forwards’ hard work.

From back to front, they outplayed City and the scenes in the dressing room afterwards showed the sheer joy and unity between players and manager. This was a glorious night, in front of fans, the Chelsea supporters drowning out the City fans and enjoying another unlikely win.

But with Tuchel in charge and his energy driving the players from the touchline, it suddenly feels like everything is possible.





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