Tuchel targeting UCL and FA Cup and insists winning trophies is in Chelsea’s ‘DNA’

Thomas Tuchel is targeting Champions League and FA Cup success with Chelsea this season and insists winning trophies is in the club’s ‘DNA’.

Tuchel was appointed as the new head coach of the west London side this week and oversaw his first game in charge during the goalless draw with Wolves on Wednesday, a result which leaves the Blues 11 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City.

The German will be tasked with overturning a torrid run of form and has been discussing his ambitions for the season, admitting talk of a title challenge is ‘not realistic’ for his side but setting his sights on major silverware in the cup competitions.

Tuchel opened up on the expectations of the club’s hierarchy after penning an 18-month deal at Stamford Bridge, insisting that winning trophies is in the ‘DNA’ of his new side.

Chelsea face second tier Barnsley in the FA Cup’s fifth round next month before a Champions League last-16 encounter with Atletico Madrid, and Tuchel is eyeing success in both competitions this season.

“The club made it very clear, Chelsea is about results,” said Tuchel at a press conference today. “We always try to bring performance, develop players, improve players, and increase their value as well as strong performances.

“In the end, I am very realistic, I am in a club whose DNA is to win. I am here to challenge for every trophy we play for. This year it is the Champions League and FA Cup – for the Premier League it is not realistic.”

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