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Thomas Tuchel ‘must earn’ long-term Chelsea FC deal as he looks to follow Klopp and Guardiola example

James Robson
·2 min read
<p>Thomas Tuchel arrived at Chelsea on an 18-month contract in January</p> (IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel arrived at Chelsea on an 18-month contract in January

(IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel says he must prove he is worthy of a long-term deal at Chelsea – just like his countryman Jurgen Klopp did at Anfield.

And the German has vowed to do that by challenging Manchester City and Liverpool for the title next season.

Chelsea face Liverpool on Thursday evening in a game that could be pivotal in the race for Champions League qualification, which is a must in Tuchel’s first few months in the job.

But he has set his targets on returning the club to the summit of English football in his first full season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

And with Tuchel only being handed an 18-month deal by Roman Abramovich, it is crucial he delivers immediately.

The former Paris Saint-Germain coach admits he needs to prove he is worthy of the time Klopp and Pep Guardiola have been handed at Liverpool and City respectively.

He said: “I have to earn it that I can have the same time as Jurgen and Pep. This was no gift to them.

“I think everybody in the club saw what they are doing, what impact they can have on teams and on clubs, in the second step, and this is what I have to prove.

“This is my target and from there on, it’s my job I have to live every day and every week to make my impact here and to show that I deserve the same amount of time to build teams.”

Tuchel admits it is impossible to catch Guardiola’s runaway Premier League leaders this term, but he is adamant he will turn Chelsea into genuine title contenders from next season.

“Will we close the gap to Man City this season? No, we will not. It’s impossible,” he said.

“But from next season on, we start with zero points all of us and City were in trouble this season and nobody took advantage of it.

“If it’s somewhere proven, it’s proven in sports that you can do extraordinary steps, that you improve staff and grow with a certain momentum if you catch the momentum.

“There are some ifs, but we absolutely want to make it possible. It’s a small line between the arguments that exist and admitting reality, and maybe admitting it’s a long way to go, and still not allowing it to become an excuse.

“This is what we are up for and now we are challenging for top four, which was a big, big task when we first stepped in, and from next year we will challenge for all titles, all competitions, sure.”

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