Tuchel: Porto victory has nothing to do with Crystal Palace game

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was pleased with his side’s 2-0 win over Porto in the Champions League quarter-final clash on Wednesday night, but he now has a different battle to face as Chelsea visit Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening.

It was a good win for Chelsea on Wednesday, but Tuchel has now turned focus to the Premier League clash on Saturday.

With a number of fixtures lined up ahead for Chelsea, Tuchel has revealed that it’s one step at a time.

“It gives us no advantage we have a 2-0 lead against Porto when we play against Crystal Palace,” Tuchel said in his press conference when asked how his squad will scale through this action-packed schedule.

“It can give you a huge boost in self-confidence. Tomorrow is not the day to fulfil all our obstacles and reach our goals. Tomorrow is 90 minutes. You just have to focus for 90 minutes. We don’t have to think about Tuesday and Man City.

“We have to start over and over again, and this is the challenge. It’s very important we are fully focused on every challenge we have, forget the games and results we had, accept every new challenge and raise new challenges right from the start.”

“We do it step by step and we can rely with full fitness, we arrive without big injuries, hopefully it stays like this,” the Chelsea manager added.

“We can defend as a team and we can rely on our solidarity and strong bond on the pitch and the hard defensive work hopefully gives us a big amount of self-confidence to go through all these steps.

“There are teams waiting for us who play a little bit less, but we need to accept it and rely on ourselves. The main target is finding a good balance between recovery, training and then being focused on taking it step by step.”

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