After losing in the FA Cup final to Leicester City, Chelsea FC can either win everything or lose everything in the coming weeks. The performance in the league has priority.
The example of Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel shows that football is the much-cited fast-paced business. When the 47-year-old succeeded the sacked Frank Lampard in January, gave the Blues (then in tenth place) defensive stability and the team returned to the league with just two defeats from their first 25 competitive games (17 wins, six draws) Top four and led to the Champions League final, the hymns of praise rained down on him.
It has been almost two weeks since the finals and in the league Chelsea are worried about qualifying for the premier class again.
Most recently, the fourth place (64 points) suffered a 1-0 home defeat against Arsenal. The last-minute success of followers Liverpool FC (fifth place, 63 points) against West Bromwich increased the pressure on Chelsea two game days before the end. The Londoners still have participation in next year’s premier class in their own hands, but only with two wins. Otherwise, their fate depends on the results of the competition from Leicester (third place, 66 points) and Liverpool. Alternatively, you could qualify for the competition again by winning the handle pot.
The Tuchel team lost their first chance at a title on Saturday: They also lost the FA Cup final against Leicester 1-0. It was this result in particular that met the trainer with media criticism. “Tuchel’s tactics were somehow reserved, which is actually a bit of a trend for him in endgames,” was the headline for example The Independent, during the telegraph Tuchel’s decision in favor of Kepa, who had been preferred to Edouard Mendy in the last two games, complained: “Mendy was outstanding for Chelsea this season, but Tuchel used Kepa in two of the most important games of the season and the Blues lost both.”
Chelsea: Will Tuchel end up empty-handed?
These are all-or-nothing weeks, at the end of which Tuchel will either erect a monument or, after a furious start on the sidelines, will end up with empty hands.
The highest priority at Stamford Bridge is the performance in the league. “Fourth is the minimum goal for Chelsea,” said Goals Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella: “You were already expecting Lampard to bring the club closer to City. Tuchel took over with the aim of finishing in the top four. That is more important than the cup.” Should the former BVB coach fail, no one would plead for his dismissal, but “it would bring a certain amount of pressure, as Roman Abramovich is one of the strictest bosses in the business.”
Despite the latest results and occasional media criticism, Tuchel still enjoys a high reputation in England. “Losing to Arsenal and Leicester after such a spectacular run is no big deal,” added Kinsella. Some English media would have targeted the Krumbacher native because of the way they dealt with Tammy Abraham. “They think he treats Abraham badly even though he is still the top scorer [mit wettbewerbsübergreifend zwölf Toren gemeinsam mit Timo Werner, Anm. d. Red.]”explains Kinsella.
However, the 23-year-old Englishman is mostly on the bench under Tuchel, recently suffered from an ankle injury for several weeks and was completely absent from the squad in the last two games – which led his girlfriend to a sweeping blow against Tuchel. “How on earth do you make the decision to remove your top scorer from the squad for a final?” Wrote Leah Moore in an already deleted Instagram post after the FA Cup final: “The person who actually scored the goal to actually qualify for this final [Abraham hatte in der 5. Runde das Siegtor gegen Barnsley geschossen, Anm. d. Red.]? That doesn’t make any sense to me. “
According to the Chelsea expert, the origin of the latest results is not due to Tuchel’s line-up or tactics, but rather to the lack of exploitation of opportunities, which the coach himself had repeatedly criticized.