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Press Conference: Thomas Tuchel on Champions League draw, Silva and Abraham injury news, Giroud’s future, FA Cup and more

Press Conference: Thomas Tuchel on Champions League draw, Silva and Abraham injury news, Giroud's future, FA Cup and more

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Chelsea are set to face Sheffield United in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday.

The Blues have qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals this week and were drawn to face Porto.

Ahead of Sunday’s match head coach Thomas Tuchel has talked to the press, providing team news, reacting to Champions league draw results and more.

On the quarter-final draw, Chelsea boss said:

“First of all I am happy we play an international game and not against an English team, the Champions League is about that.

“We have the second leg at home which feels good because we maybe have a slight advantage to finish at home.

“Clearly, many people will now make us favourites against Porto but that will not help us. You can ask in Turin if that helps you.

“We are self-confident and that is strongly connected with our performances. So we are confident that we will face a strong opponent and face them with respect, but we are in the quarter-final and are focused on winning that.”

Tuchel also reflected on the boost of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech vs Atletico:

“They actually improve a lot and that is important. We don’t have to talk about that they have to improve. They chose to join a strong club in the strongest league and that took them out of their comfort zone.

“We made the choice of the three guys [against Atletico] and sometimes we have been worried about our lack of composure of position. But we have never been worried about our workrate or intensity without the ball.

“If you look at the goal against Atletico, you can see Timo doing a tackle before the counter-attack starts. And that is what makes it special that we defend together and attack together.

“The three had a good connection and while there are things to improve, I am happy with the development.”

On Thiago Silva’s contract situation, the German boss said:

“On his contract, it is too early. Me and the club will make this decision together but if you look at the pictures, you can see how young he looks.

“He runs the stairs up and down and was dressed like a 28-year-old.”

Tuchel also provided injury update on Tammy Abraham:

“Tammy was with the group today. We had a bit of scary moment as he stumbled against a twisted his ankle, it was a painful moment but hopefully not too serious. I hope he is in the squad on Sunday.”

And on Olivier Giroud’s future, Blues boss said:

“I think he can have a huge impact in our team because he has the experience, physical presence and ruthlessly in the box.

“He has suffered in the last four games a bit and I am not sure I can happy with my decisions against Southampton and Leeds. After the game I had the feeling they were games he should’ve had 20/25 minutes.

“I didn’t give him these minutes because I have to adapt back to three changes, maybe two changes because the last one you don’t want to use to early.

“So it’s my fault. He is training well, made a decisive goal against Atletico, and I assumed the games against Everton and Liverpool would be high intensity games where we could use speed.

“It is my job to push him and give him the feeling that he is still important and important for me. So the game on Sunday is important.

“The international break is good for Oli to keep his head in the clouds and enjoy this moment with us.”


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