Thomas Tuchel credits Frank Lampard for role in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph
Thomas Tuchel praised Frank Lampard’s “fantastic” job as he led Chelsea on their Champions League run which saw them claim European glory at Porto in May.
Lampard played his part in the opening act of the 2020/21 season while in the hot seat at Stamford Bridge. Les Bleus have won four and drew in their six group stage games after being drawn against Sevilla, Rennes and Krasnodar.
His job was done. In the knockout stages after Christmas, but poor form at the national level saw the end of Lampard’s time at Chelsea.
But the Champions League journey was still alive. Atletico Madrid were opponents in the round of 16 and it was Tuchel’s job to supervise the Blues for the remainder of the campaign.
And they haven’t looked back. The victories in both legs against the Spanish team took them to the quarter-finals against Porto. Despite losing in the return leg, the first leg was enough to draw Real Madrid in the semi-finals. Chelsea made no mistakes and took a 3-1 aggregate victory to reserve their place in the final.
The May 29 final has arrived; Chelsea against Manchester City in Porto. They did it. Kai Havertz’s 42nd-minute goal was enough to seal the club’s second European Cup.
Lampard was in charge of starting the work, Tuchel was in charge of finishing it. It was a joint effort. And the German reflected on the incredible journey that saw the Blues become European champions.
What Thomas Tuchel says
“Frank (Lampard) had a fantastic group stage so we were in the round of 16. Then you get number one in Spain with Atletico right now.
“It was very, very difficult, but we played convincingly and so well with the pressure and the confidence. The feeling was so good.
“We gained so much confidence in a game at Tottenham, a win against Liverpool, a win against Atletico Madrid. From there we didn’t think too much but it gave us a lot of confidence and confidence for the challenges ahead. “
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