LONDON (REUTERS) – Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel said his team must learn to be consistent winners after losing the FA Cup final on penalties to Liverpool on Saturday (May 14), and said sanctions against the club made the task more difficult.
The London club has been in a state of chaos in recent months after Russian owner Roman Abramovich put the club up for sale following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the British government then imposed strict controls on the club.
Tuchel said that Liverpool and Premier League leaders Manchester City won matches week after week, which showed the benefits of their long-term planning.
“They are very, very, very consistent and we are in the opposite situation at the moment, given the sanctions. Players are leaving,” said the German.
Antonio Rudiger, a key in Chelsea’s defense, will leave the club at the end of this season and defense colleague Andreas Christensen is also expected to leave.
Tuchel turned dramatically on Chelsea’s fortunes when he replaced Frank Lampard as coach in January 2021 and he led the Blues to a Champions League triumph just four months later.
Chelsea reached the FA Cup final in 2021, when they were defeated by Leicester City, and the League Cup final in February this year when they also lost to Liverpool on penalties.
But they have struggled to find their rhythm in the Premier League and they are in third place, 19 points behind leaders Manchester City and 16 behind Liverpool.
“We can produce top performances and we have the mentality in the club to shape the players’ mentality to have these top performances,” he said.