Tuchel: Chelsea told me to make top four not win the FA Cup

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard in January, and the Blues were wallowing in mid table and at risk of missing out on top four.

However, the German’s appointment led to an overnight boost in form, as the Blues are currently 4th in the league, and have it in their own hands to make top four.

Chelsea lost the FA Cup final against Leicester City on Saturday at the Wembley Stadium, and the two teams meet again at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

Thomas Tuchel has now revealed that although he fielded his best team to face the Foxes in the FA Cup final, making the top four is of a higher priority for him based on the objective the club dished out to him upon his appointment as Chelsea manager.

“It would look like I am a bad loser if I say yes,” Tuchel said. “I am not a good loser but I want to be a respectful loser and I am not here to play the match down because of financial reasons. We lost a big match, it was a huge match for us, we put out the best team possible. We did not rest anybody because we had the feeling that this game tomorrow is more important.

“But there is a but. Do we want to play Champions League next season? Yes, this is the target when I stepped into this club. I want to be very clear – the task was: ‘Let’s try everything to be in the top four.’ The task was not: ‘Let’s try everything to win the FA Cup’ because the FA Cup, as big as it is, does not bring you to Champions League football next season. It’s top four that brings us that.

“Tomorrow is another huge game but, like I said, this game was big for us. It was a final. Once you can collect silverware you try everything because simply out of respect. And me and the players – be very sure about this – think zero about how much money we earn. This is not in our heads.”

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