Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has said that his side still has a long way to go to achieve their targets for the season after making it back into the top four with the 2 nil Premier League win over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
Since the German replaced Frank Lampard at the Blues’ managerial helm, the Blues have gotten 13 points from a possible 15 in five Premier League games. His start can be compared to that of Jose Mourinho before he made the Blues champions of England.
Only Carlo Ancelotti and Maurizio Sarri have started better than Tuchel. Regardless, the German has stated that finishing in the top 4 for the season for qualification to next season’s UEFA Champions League remains the target.
“There are many teams behind us, chasing us but, yes, we had many points to recover when we started and it stays a big challenge because it’s many, many, many games coming,” Tuchel told Sky Sports.
“Every game is a difficult game and we will keep on fighting. It was a good run so far but we will have a long way to go.”
Chelsea were going down the table and languishing in mid-table before Tuchel’s arrival. Since his appointment, he has been working to help Timo Werner regain confidence as the German scored his first league goal in more than four months of Premier League action.
The German has also restored some players who were sidelined to the team. Marcos Alonso who had a falling out with Frank Lampard is now fighting for his place.
Out-of-favor goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was also given the opportunity as he was handed a start in the game against Newcastle United.
Regardless, he pointed out that Edouard Mendy remained his first-choice shot-stopper between the sticks. He added that there is more room for improvement, especially in attack.
“We lacked decision-making in the box, we can be… more deadly,” he said.