Tuchel was appointed Chelsea head coach towards the end of January, replacing Frank Lampard, who has lost five of his last eight Premier League games in charge.
While it was hoped the German would hit the ground running and make an impact, no one could have predicted how much of a influence he would have had on the group of players who have been fighting for form under Lampard in recent years. stages of its mandate.
However, Tuchel successfully guided them to a top four in the Premier League, the FA Cup final and the UEFA Champions League final, the latter seeing them face Manchester City in Portugal on Saturday night.
After losing the FA Cup final to Leicester City almost a fortnight ago, there is bound to be a strain on Tuchel’s shoulders, as he pursues his first trophy in charge, though few would have done so. lean to lead the Blues at this stage. of the competition.
For the former Blues Bridge defender, however, he believes he needs to start adding silverware to Chelsea’s trophy cabinet, but cautioned insisting he doesn’t think he There is too much pressure on him due to the start of life in West London he experienced.
“Whatever the outcome, Tuchel did a good job,” Bridge told bettingexpert. “Lampard had done well and there was a small incident, Tuchel came in and all those Chelsea fans who were completely behind Frank, and a little upset to see him get fired, saw that he had done well.
“If he stays he will have to start winning trophies, but I don’t think there is much pressure in terms of what he has achieved so far in terms of where Chelsea have been.
“There is always pressure in big games, you don’t want to lose and Tuchel will put pressure on himself to win. “
Saturday’s clash with City will see Tuchel embrace the Champions League final for the second time in less than 12 months. Last season, Tuchel saw his side Paris Saint-Germain suffer a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich, which means he will no doubt be all the more determined to clinch a winner’s medal after the kickoff. full time whistle this time around.
“He won’t want to lose a Champions League final anymore and he’ll remember what that feeling looks like,” Bridge continued. “He’s on a different team and it will play out tactically compared to last year.
“It’s about whether he’s learned from what he’s doing around the game in terms of mentally preparing his players and putting in the right training. On this aspect, he can perhaps learn to prepare these players for the occasion, but tactically, it will be different. ”
Although Chelsea, overall, have been exceptional under Tuchel, their form has plummeted over the past two weeks, losing three of their last four outings. That said, Bridge thinks they’ll be all the more excited for this one.
He added: “Chelsea would have liked to end the season in better form and they were very lucky to clinch fourth place in the league on the final day.
“This final is a unique game and I’m sure Tuchel will have the players ready and different players could play in this final than the last ones, a couple will have been wrapped in cotton to be sure. they are ready.
“They will be ready for this because they don’t want to suffer another final defeat and we will see a different Chelsea than what we have seen in the last few games at the end of the season. “