‘Nobody wants to play us’: Tuchel talks about Chelsea’s European chances | Chelsea

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Thomas Tuchel has said no one will want to draw Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals after beating Atlético Madrid 3-0 overall in the last 16 games.

Chelsea secured their place in the last eight for the first time since 2014 after their complete victory over Atlético, winning Wednesday night’s second leg at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri. The performance against La Liga leaders has thrilled Tuchel, who has had a huge impact since replacing Frank Lampard in January, and the manager believes opponents will want to avoid his side in Friday’s quarter-final draw.

“The most important thing is that we think we deserve this,” Tuchel said. “The most important thing is that we give feedback to the guys on what they have done in terms of quality and intensity. It is very important that you feel it and that no one has to convince you. They play with a special bond and results like this give you some edge and the glue to achieve special things. You can only achieve this through results and experiences. I’m sure no one wants to play against us. It is a very difficult challenge to meet because we are already in the last eight. It’s a big step – but you don’t need to be afraid.

Chelsea were fortunate enough not to concede a penalty as soon as César Azpilicueta appeared to foul Yannick Carrasco and Atlético suffered another blow when Stefan Savic was sent off for nudging Antonio Rüdiger. “I didn’t see it as a penalty,” Tuchel said. “Azpi was a little scared. I was a little scared on the sideline.


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These decisions did not detract from an imposing display from Chelsea. Ziyech scored his first goal under Tuchel and there was a special moment for Emerson. The left-back has only started one game since Lampard left, but he was mobbed by his teammates after coming off the bench to score in extra time.

“I’m so happy for him,” Tuchel said. “He’s one of the nicest guys you can imagine. He absolutely had to be given a few minutes to thank him for his attitude. Everyone celebrates with him.

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