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Tuchel ‘flattered’ by praise but insists Chelsea’s turnaround is purely down to his players

Thomas Tuchel has admitted he’s ‘flattered’ by the recent praise following his impressive start to life at Chelsea, yet he insisted that the Blues current turnaround is purely down to his players.

After succeeding Frank Lampard in the Chelsea dugout towards the end of January, the German has overseen a complete change of fortunes for the club, with club in the midst of a ten-game unbeaten run in all competitions since he took charge.

That impressive spell of results has seen Tuchel’s men record eight clean sheets, with only two goals conceded, a run of form that has left firmly in the race for a top-four spot.

Their most recent win over Liverpool at Anfield not only boosted their hopes of Champions League qualification, but also condemned the champions to a fifth successive home league defeat, the first time that has happened in the club’s history.

Ahead of another crucial top-four battle with Everton on Monday night, Tuchel was adamant that it should be the players receiving praise for turning things around and not himself.

“I’m very flattered to have such compliments come my way but all the plaudits and all the flowers should go to the players and to the club,” Tuchel told chelseafc.com.

“Chelsea, as an organisation, has everything you need to be successful as a club. The setup is there and now it is my job as head coach of this football team to bring out the very best of both myself and the players.

“There is no other way to express myself than with strong team performances and I’m so happy to be on the sidelines here. I’m very happy with the unbelievable attitude my players have shown both towards training and games. I feel the bond that is shown from each player is at the exact necessary level needed to be successful.

“In world football, the teams that stand out as successful are those who fight for one another. Those teams that sacrifice for one another, that push one another both on the pitch and from the bench and this is exactly what I have found since I arrived at Chelsea.

“There is so much talent at this club and it’s a pleasure to work with this group every day and compete against other top managers and teams. We are enjoying this moment and working hard to maintain these levels.”

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