No doubting Thomas

Sports | 18 May 2021

Manager Thomas Tuchel has not lost faith in his Chelsea players in the wake of the 1-0 FA Cup final loss to Leicester City, saying they will regroup for their battle to secure an English Premier League top-four finish and win the Champions League.

Tuchel has led Chelsea to the final of Europe's elite club competition and helped them climb the league table since taking over from Frank Lampard in January, but consecutive defeats has put them under pressure.

After last week's shock defeat by Arsenal, Chelsea are fourth on 64 points, just one point above Liverpool with two games left.

"This is a strong group," Tuchel said. "There is no reason to doubt these players, who have done so well to get into the top four from 10th place, to reach the FA Cup final and to be in the final of the Champions League.

"We are strong enough to handle these situations.

"It's not easy, but it is fun, and there are a lot of teams chasing us and our situation."

Chelsea host third-placed Leicester tomorrow (HK time) in a crunch clash before travelling to Aston Villa on Sunday to wrap up their domestic campaign.

They face Manchester City in the Champions League final on May 29 in Porto.

Leicester defender Jonny Evans will miss tomorrow's match, manager Brendan Rodgers said.

Evans was forced off in the first half of the FA Cup final, and Rodgers is hoping to have the experienced center-half back for the final day of the campaign.

REUTERS



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