Thomas Tuchel rates the Champions League win with Chelsea as his greatest achievement as a manager, but he has challenged his Blues team to prove he is hungry to keep claiming the game’s biggest prizes.
Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the match as Chelsea became European champions for the second time by beating Manchester City 1-0 in the May final in Lisbon.
It marked an impressive triumph for Tuchel, who had replaced Frank Lampard at the helm of Stamford Bridge only in January.
But the German is keen for his team to refocus now and create a culture of victory.
“I would say yes [it’s my biggest achievement] but in general I find it rather difficult to assess the results because who wants to be the judge and who wants to know? ”Tuchel said ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League opening game against Zenit on Tuesday.
“I tried together with my staff to be the best I could and to get the best out of my teams. I did it as an Under 14 coach in the youth teams and I do it now.
“On the outside, speaking of trophies, it’s obviously the biggest title I’ve won so far. It was a huge night and a great experience. It seems a long time ago, it seems necessary, it seems so. “
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Tuchel agrees to become a Champions League winning coach has altered his mentality, but says it doesn’t change anything in terms of his desire for success.
“Some days I felt different, yes, I felt really good. It’s hard, I think in the end nothing is like winning. I was lucky to reach the final the season before [with PSG] and I had the feeling that it was a great achievement.
“But not taking the last step is a big difference when you realize what it means when you do it, the perception from the outside, the joy, the trust that the team gets by winning it.
“We had the feeling that we were qualifying for the semifinal and the final. It’s a big step but, when you win it, nothing compares. Change for everyone.
“The most important thing is not to look back, keep hunger, win keep hungry, addictive, this game is about winning. Winning changes the feelings, the atmosphere in the building, the working atmosphere and gives you a natural confidence.
“At the same time it is absolutely necessary to forget it, start from scratch and have hunger and that mentality again. This is what I feel, I demand from myself and from all the others that we do not change in terms of hunger, we will have this experience together forever, we can create a bond together but it is a question of looking forward to sport ”.
Tuchel also insists that last season’s surprise win was in no way tainted by the fact that he took over from Frank Lampard mid-season.
“It was never a problem for me to accept and fully accept the work that Frank did during the group stage, this is what I accepted when I arrived,” he added.
“It still feels like my title, not half a title. I still accept that Frank has his share. During the final I was still responsible and during the knockout stage.
“It looked like my team, we were all together. It doesn’t mean that we deny the work and effort that Frank has put in. Do I feel I have something to prove? No, this has nothing to do with it. “