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Tuchel keen to ‘build something’ at Chelsea following Champions League triumph

Thomas Tuchel says he is keen to ‘build something’ at Chelsea following the club’s Champions League triumph.

Chelsea were crowned champions of Europe for the second time in their history after beating Premier League rivals Manchester City 1-0 in Porto, Kai Havertz scoring the only goal of the game.

 

The win caps a remarkable improvement since Tuchel’s appointment as Frank Lampard’s successor in January, with the west Londoners having also secured a top-four finish and reached the FA Cup final.

Reports have now suggested Chelsea have opened talks over an extension to the initial 18-month deal Tuchel signed when taking charge at Stamford Bridge, and the German says he is keen to remain and ‘build something’ following the club’s European success.

“We have to check with the owner if this is his plan, I think it’s possible,” Tuchel told a post-match press conference.

“It’s always possible because the foundation is very, very strong. The belief, the determination of the club, the players, the group that they built is very strong.

“We have a group with a very strong bond, a genuine belief and a fantastic work ethic, so it’s still a young, experienced squad still.

“It’s like a similar deal with Tom Brady when they ask him what is his favourite win and he says, ‘the next one’.

“So it’s the challenge now to make this not too heavy for us, this huge success. Because they have this huge success very early in their career and to keep them hungry. So this is now the challenge.

“So this is now the thing, we have a Premier League to play from day one. We will be seen a bit differently as Champions League winners and this is where we have to step up.

“If we really want to build something, I’m all in, I can tell you. And I’m happy to talk about it and discuss it. If our beliefs match, we go from there.”

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