Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel insists 'not yet time for celebrations' after Leicester win

Thomas Tuchel was pleased to see his team take a huge win in the top-four race against Leicester in front of returning fans at Stamford Bridge, but warned the job isn’t done yet.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel in a file photo. (Image: Twitter/@EmiratesFACup)

Manager Thomas Tuchel says he is “absolutely happy” as Chelsea beat Leicester to gain some measure of revenge just three days after the Foxes beat his side in the FA Cup final. Second-half goals from Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho earned Chelsea a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge. Thus, they avenged Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Tuchel also insisted it is “no time for celebration” despite beating Leicester on Tuesday night. The win gave a huge boost in the club’s hopes Champions League qualification. However, the head coach warned against complaceny. “The job is not done. Two more to go,” he said after the match.

The result moved Chelsea above Leicester in the Premier League table ahead of the final game week of the season and the Blues will secure third place if they beat Aston Villa on Sunday.

Tuchel also praised the impact of Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge, as supporters returned to Premier League stadiums for the first time since December.

Thomas Tuchel focuses on future

“It was an outstanding performance but the job is not done,” Tuchel told BBC Sport. “The fans made a huge difference. The speed in our game, the hunger, the ambition. It was a very strong performance and I’m delighted the team can present itself like this in front of our fans.”

“It’s still in our hands. We need another huge performance but with fans in the Aston Villa ground it will be super hard.”

Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal last week meant that Leicester would have secured their place in the top four with three points at Stamford Bridge.

This result also keeps Liverpool in contention to qualify for the Champions League with wins in their final two games.

“We were fired up from our loss against Arsenal,” Thomas Tuchel added. “Today we did what we do. We played courageous, high intensity, aggressive. Happy to have the win but I need to repeat, it’s not done.”

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