Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hopes increasing momentum from 11-game unbeaten streak can help drive his side to the Champions League, claiming ‘special moments and good results’ can be the ‘glue’ for finishing on a high
Thomas Tuchel believes the momentum his Chelsea side have amassed after 11 games unbeaten could prove the ‘glue’ which propels them towards the top four.
Chelsea took another step forward in the Champions League race on Monday night after a Ben Godfrey own goal and Jorginho penalty secured a 2-0 victory over Everton at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel took over with Chelsea in ninth, this latest victory leaves them fourth.
Thomas Tuchel guided his Chelsea side to a convincing 2-0 win over Everton on Monday night
The German is still yet to taste defeat at Stamford Bridge and he believes that such a head of steam will allow them to reach their potential.
‘You know from any team you played in – in youth or even now if you play maybe as a hobby with friends – if you share in special moments, good results, hard fights, this is in the end the glue that lifts you up to special performances,’ he said.
‘It can give you certain energy which is also needed. I truly believe this is a sport about team effort… I can feel a strong bond between the players in the dressing room.’
He added: ‘Everybody is doing everything in very positive atmosphere and we need this to have a run. To have results like this without this not possible.’
Chelsea are unbeaten in 11 matches since Tuchel took over at Stamford Bridge in January
Tuchel is now the first manager in Premier League history to pick up clean sheets in each of their first five home matches.
The German made five changes from Chelsea’s win over Liverpool last week but remained dominant, with Kai Havertz particularly impressive as a false nine.
‘I’m very happy with his performance. There’s no doubt about his quality, talent, and also his character,’ Tuchel said. ‘He needs to adapt to the Premier League, to a club where you play to win every game and where highest standards are normal… this is what we want and from here we go.’
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, had no complaints over the result.
‘They played better than us, with more quality,’ he said. ‘Of course we are disappointed but not too much.’
Kai Havertz produced his best performance to date for Chelsea against the Toffees
He added: ‘I think we honestly never thought about the top four, our target is to be in Europe. If we are in the top four, fantastic… this defeat doesn’t affect our dream. We lost to a team better than us – we are surprised to be only four points behind with a game in hand.’
Everton are now winless in 26 visits to Stamford Bridge – a miserable run dating back to 1994.
Ancelotti praised the ‘fantastic’ display of Jordan Pickford, who made several crucial saves but later brought down Havertz for the penalty.