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Chelsea are now 3rd in the league and have things in total control as the race for top four will wait until Match Day 38.
Chelsea’s form has vastly improved under Thomas Tuchel, as the German has guided Chelsea from mid table to 3rd in the Premier League, reached the final of the FA Cup and Champions League.
Tuchel has faced unnecessary criticisms after recent defeats, but he admitted that many teams are jealous of his side’s progress and would want to be where Chelsea are.
Tuchel said: “Don’t forget we have enough leaders and this is a strong group who deserved very much to be in the final and, for me, deserved to win the final.
“We can absolutely accept that we didn’t win and that we can improve in some moments of the game. But it was enough to win the game and we were simply unlucky.
“If you have a group that arrives in the final, a Champions League final and arrives from ninth place to be in the race for the top four, there’s no reason to doubt that we are not strong enough to handle the situation.”
The Blues boss continued: “We were strong enough to arrive here, so I’m pretty sure we are strong enough to handle the situation. But that’s the challenge. Is it easy?
“No. But it’s fun because this is what it is all about. There is a lot of teams out there who are jealous of our situation, I can tell you.”