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Thomas Tuchel has impressed as Chelsea boss since replacing Frank Lampard in January.
Chelsea were 9th in the Premier League and in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification but after a run that has seen Chelsea lose just twice in 19 games under Tuchel, the Blues are on course to finish in the top four and are also in the FA Cup final and Champions League semi-finals.
Pundit Danny Murphy has admitted he was quietly hoping Tuchel would fail as Chelsea boss after the German tactician replaced Lampard.
Murphy told Daily Mail: “You have to give Tuchel credit. I think I, along with many others, was quietly hoping it wouldn’t go quite as well for him so soon to show Chelsea’s poor form earlier in the season wasn’t down to Frank Lampard but the players.
“Apart from their West Brom performance they have been superb.
“Tuchel has admitted that he inherited a super squad but the team has progressed.
“They have not played amazing free-flowing football but he has nailed his system down, they have been super-efficient and are now a strong bet for the FA Cup and the top four.”