Thomas Tuchel has opened up on the differences between the Premier League and other European competitions following his encouraging start as Chelsea manager.
Tuchel has made a positive start to his reign at Stamford Bridge after being appointed as Frank Lampard’s successor last month, the west London side remaining unbeaten in seven fixtures across all competitions ahead of this evening’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.
The 47-year-old arrived into English football with a wealth of experience having won silverware at the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain and the Chelsea boss has opened up on the different challenges he has already found in the Premier League.
‘Well, it is the most demanding league.’ Tuchel told Chelsea TV.
‘Nobody stops until the whistle goes, they have incredible intensity in the games. It’s better not to look at the fixtures before a game because it tells you nothing if this team is seventh place, ninth place or 19th place it does change nothing.
‘They (opposition sides) rely on their intensity, they rely on their structure, they are full of confidence and their way of playing football. It’s a very self-confident approach every team has and it’s strong, strong quality, individually and as teams.
‘So you fight hard for every goal, you fight hard for every clean sheet and this is an amazing challenge that we have here.’
Chelsea face Atletico in the first leg of their last-16 encounter this evening with the fixture set to be played in Bucharest amid coronavirus travel restrictions, the Blues facing a difficult challenge against the Spanish league leaders.
Diego Simeone’s side have enjoyed a strong start to their domestic campaign and currently lead the La Liga title race, the capital club currently three points clear of defending champions Real Madrid with a game in hand on their city rivals.