Chelsea set to reward Thomas Tuchel with new three-year deal in the summer

Thomas Tuchel set to be rewarded with new Chelsea contract in the summer after guiding the club to Champions League and FA Cup finals as well as Premier League top four

  • Chelsea are set to offer Thomas Tuchel a new contract at the end of the season
  • The German has done spectacularly since taking over from Frank Lampard
  • There are clauses in his deal that entitle him to an extension if he hits targets
  • However, Chelsea want to give him a new two-year deal with an option for a third
  • The Blues also want to tie down Kante as he enters the final two years of his deal

Chelsea are set to offer Thomas Tuchel a new contract at the end of the season as a reward for his spectacular success in leading the club to the Champions League and FA Cup finals as well as returning them to the Premier League’s top four.

As previously revealed by Sportsmail, there are clauses in the 18-month deal Tuchel signed in January entitling him to an extension if he hits certain targets, but the club want to tie him down to a new two-year contract with the option for a third year. 

Tuchel is keen to sign the new deal as he initially had reservations about the short-term contract Chelsea offered him after sacking Frank Lampard at the beginning of the year. It will also bring him an increase on his current £7million salary.

Chelsea are set to reward Thomas Tuchel with a new contract at the end of the season

The impetus for the new contract talks has come from the club, however, with the German focused on two cup finals and securing a Champions League place, which will move closer if they beat Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening. 

Tuchel stands to collect major bonuses if Chelsea win the Champions League and finish in the top four, although the pay-out for beating Leicester in Saturday’s FA Cup final is less substantial.

Such incremental contracts have become standard practice at Stamford Bridge in recent years with the club eager to reduce pay-outs made to sacked managers. Lampard signed a three-year contract as manager, but there was a break clause after two years.

Chelsea will also look to tie down N’Golo Kante (right) as he enters the last two years of his deal

Chelsea will also look to tie down N’Golo Kante (right) as he enters the last two years of his deal

Kante won back-to-back man of the match awards in Chelsea's two-legged win over Real

Kante won back-to-back man of the match awards in Chelsea’s two-legged win over Real

Chelsea will also seek to tie down N’Golo Kante — who starred against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final — as he enters the final two years of his contract, with Inter Milan said to be interested in the midfielder. The Blues are also set to trigger a one-year extension for Thiago Silva.

Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta called on owner Stan Kroenke to stump up the funds his side will need for a squad revamp this summer.

‘I think is clear that if we want to improve the team we need some resources,’ said Arteta.

Arsenal have also frozen season ticket prices for next season despite having no European football for the first time since the 1995-96 campaign.

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Thomas Tuchel hails Frank Lampard for setting up a Champions League and FA Cup double at Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel hails ‘amazing’ Frank Lampard for ‘laying the foundations’ for a Champions League and FA Cup double at Chelsea… but reveals he hasn’t spoken to his predecessor since their initial contact after his sacking

  • Chelsea head into Wednesday’s London derby against Arsenal in imperious form
  • Chelsea, who beat City 2-1 last time out, are in pole position for top-four finish
  • The Blues are gearing up for their FA Cup final against Leicester this Saturday
  • Then two weeks later, they take on City in the Champions League final 

Thomas Tuchel has hailed former manager Frank Lampard for ‘laying the foundations’ to get Chelsea into both the Champions League and FA Cup finals.

The Blues are gearing up for a massive three weeks before the season comes to a close, taking on Leicester in the FA Cup final this weekend before facing Man City in the Champions League final on May 29.

Chelsea are in imperious form under Tuchel and are in pole position for a top-four finish too considering they found themselves ninth in the Premier League after 19 games, 11 points behind then leaders Manchester United and five points off Liverpool in fourth when Lampard was sacked.

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea head into the London derby against Arsenal in imperious form

Chelsea boss Tuchel has hailed the work of predecessor Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea boss Tuchel has hailed the work of predecessor Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge

But Tuchel has credited his predecessor for helping Chelsea – who forked out £230million in the summer on Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Co – get into such a promising position.

When asked if Lampard deserves credit ahead of Wednesday night’s London derby against Arsenal in the Premier League, Tuchel replied: ‘Frank had an amazing record in the group stage of the Champions League.

‘Won all the FA Cup games. He’s laid the foundation to get us to finals and we don’t feel ashamed or have any fear to speak it out loud. It felt like that on the first day. 

‘I am aware Frank created his own legacy as a player and make it bigger as a coach.

‘We stepped in halfway through the season and tried to fulfil the job he had began.’

Despite his glowing tribute on Tuesday, Tuchel did also reveal that he hasn’t spoken to Lampard since their initial contact following his sacking at the end of January. 

The German added: ‘Frank resembles everything you think about Chelsea. You think about Frank Lampard, the way he is, how he played football. 

‘This shows his character and the message he sent was a pleasure to receive. We had a message a couple of days after we arrived but nothing more.’

More to follow… 

Chelsea overcame champions-elect Manchester City 2-1 last time out in the Premier League

Chelsea overcame champions-elect Manchester City 2-1 last time out in the Premier League

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Manchester City 1-2 Chelsea: Alonso winner ensures there will be no title celebrations at the Etihad

Sergio pays the penalty! Aguero’s dreadful Panenka comes back to haunt Man City as they fail to clinch the title, with Chelsea coming from behind to move third after Marcos Alonso’s injury-time strike

  • Manchester City blew the chance to win the Premier League title by losing 2-1 to Chelsea in dramatic fashion 
  • Marcos Alonso scooped home a stoppage-time winner to round off a good week for Thomas Tuchel’s Blues
  • Raheem Sterling had given City the lead before Sergio Aguero missed a shocking first-half Panenka penalty
  • Hakim Ziyech haunted Manchester City once again by slamming home an equaliser just after half-time
  • Pep Guardiola’s side can still win the title this week if Manchester United fail to beat Aston Villa on Sunday  
  • Latest Premier League news, including fixtures and results 
  • Premier League table – as it stands 

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Marcos Alonso scored a stoppage-time winner to earn Chelsea a priceless 2-1 win over Manchester City to boost their top-four hopes – and deny Pep Guardiola’s side the chance to win the Premier League title.

City needed a win to seal the English top-flight prize and looked on course to do that when Raheem Sterling swept home after Andreas Christensen’s error, while Sergio Aguero missed a penalty in embarrassing fashion just before the half-time whistle.

But Thomas Tuchel’s side remained a threat in the second-half, particularly down the right-hand side. FA Cup semi-final matchwinner Hakim Ziyech slammed home from inside the box to haunt Guardiola’s City again before Alonso scooped home Timo Werner’s late cross to break City hearts.

Marcos Alonso’s winner earned Chelsea a 2-1 victory at Manchester City to deny Pep Guardiola’ side the title on Saturday

Alonso scooped home Timo Werner's late cross to earn the Blues a win in a rehearsal for the Champions League final

 Alonso scooped home Timo Werner’s late cross to earn the Blues a win in a rehearsal for the Champions League final

Guardiola's City can still win the title this weekend, but must hope Manchester United fail to beat Aston Villa on Sunday

Guardiola’s City can still win the title this weekend, but must hope Manchester United fail to beat Aston Villa on Sunday

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Sportsmail’s SAM BLITZ was on the blog for live coverage for City vs Chelsea, including match updates…

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Man City v Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel insists Etihad clash will have no bearing on Istanbul showpiece

Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Man City at the Etihad is NOT a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final and will have no bearing on Istanbul showpiece… and Pep Guardiola agrees!

  • Thomas Tuchel says Saturday’s game will have no bearing on the European final
  • Chelsea face Manchester City in what is a Champions League dress rehearsal
  • Days after qualifying for the Istanbul showpiece, they play each other in England
  • However, Tuchel says the Premier League game will have no bearing on the final
  • Guardiola echoed Tuchel’s sentiments, saying anything could happen until then  

Thomas Tuchel insists the Champions League final will be a ‘unique’ occasion regardless of what happens in Saturday’s dress rehearsal.

Just days after they both qualified for the May 29 showpiece in Istanbul, finalists Manchester City will host Chelsea at the Etihad.

Chelsea beat City in last month’s FA Cup semi-final and Saturday’s tea-time Premier League clash represents an opportunity to lay down another marker ahead of the final three weeks later.

Thomas Tuchel insists Chelsea’s clash with Man City on Saturday will have no bearing on the Champions League final at the end of the month

But Tuchel said: ‘The possibility that they can become champions if they win against us will not lower the ambition and determination.

‘They have one more day to recover and they don’t have to travel gives them a bit the upper hand because we saw how crucial that can be these days.

‘When they arrived at Wembley in the semi-final and we had one more day and they had to travel from Dortmund and then again to London and had one less day than us and I had the feeling that I could feel it on the side line that it gives us a bit the upper hand so we have to deal with it.

The two Champions League finalists play each other days after booking their spots in the final

The two Champions League finalists play each other days after booking their spots in the final

‘The final in Istanbul will be pretty unique no matter what the score is tomorrow. No matter if they win, if we win or if we draw.

‘Both teams will reflect enough that this one game in football and this special game in Istanbul can turn any result around that is the outcome tomorrow so I try to prepare it in a normal way.

‘The challenge right now is to get our tiredness out of the legs and brains, get re-focused and this is the target right now. To be in good shape tomorrow and then we’ll see.’

Pep Guardiola echoed Tuchel’s comments in his own press conference on Friday, claiming that plenty can happen in the time between now and the final in Turkey. 

City boss Pep Guardiola (left) echoed Tuchel's comments in his press conference on Friday

City boss Pep Guardiola (left) echoed Tuchel’s comments in his press conference on Friday

‘Four games to get one victory and we are going to try to get it,’ Guardiola said when asked about the Premier League title.

‘If we were playing in one week, six days, it could [have an impact] but there are 21 days… many things can happen. We are going to face them in the final but we are going try to play with the players who are perfect for the way they play and the qualities we have to beat them.

‘I’m a cautious guy in sport. If you don’t have it, don’t talk about it.’

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Thibaut Courtois’ dad blasts ‘unprofessional’ Eden Hazard for laughing with Chelsea team

Thibaut Courtois’ father blasts ‘unprofessional’ Eden Hazard for laughing and smiling with former Chelsea team-mates… and claims ‘those images are painful for Real Madrid fans’ just minutes after they were dumped out of the Champions League

  • Thibaut Courtios’ dad blasts Madrid’s Eden Hazard for being ‘unprofessional’ 
  • The former Chelsea star was all smiles after their Champions League exit 
  • Fans took to social media to vent their frustration with the £90million signing 

Thibaut Courtios’ father blasted Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard for being ‘unprofessional’ after he was pictured laughing and smiling after their Champions League semi-final exit against Chelsea.

Hazard – who returned to Stamford Bridge for the first time since his huge £90million transfer to Spain in 2019 – was seen smiling and laughing with his former colleagues Kurt Zouma and Edouard Mendy at full-time.

His reaction after the 2-0 loss – which saw Thomas Tuchel’s side book their place in the Istanbul final with a 3-1 aggregate victory – saw fans vent their frustration and also led to the Madrid keeper’s father brandishing him as ‘unprofessional’.

Thibaut Courtios’ father blasted Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard for being ‘unprofessional’

The Belgian was full of smiles following Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final exit

The Belgian was full of smiles following Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final exit

Immediately after the final whistle Hazard was seen laughing with ex team-mate Kurt Zouma

Immediately after the final whistle Hazard was seen laughing with ex team-mate Kurt Zouma

‘Its really not smart for Eden to do that,’ Thierry Courtios told HLN Sportcast.

‘He probably didn’t think twice about it, but those images are painful for Real Madrid fans.

‘If you see a player laughing two minutes after being eliminated, I’d say it was unprofessional.’ 

The Madrid forward also shared an intimate moment with Azpilicueta, and appeared to wish him well for the final in Turkey against Premier League rivals Manchester City. 

One fan wrote: ‘Eden Hazard just got knocked out of the Champions League and this is his reaction after the game’. 

While another added: ‘Eden Hazard could genuinely not care less about Real Madrid.’ 

Spanish daily Marca quickly republished the images of Hazard at full-time online, along with the condemning headline: ‘The image of Hazard laughing after the elimination that outrages madridismo.’ 

Real Madrid fans were not only disappointed by his actions off the pitch, but his performance on the pitch as well.

Having been fit for just 755 minutes of Champions League football this season, fans were hoping the return of the talisman to the squad would be inspired and help their side reach yet another European final.  

However, he failed to make his mark on the game and was hooked late on by boss Zidane in what turned out to be a miserable night for the Spanish giants. 

Chelsea put in a solid performance in the second leg to quickly swat away any suggestion of a Madrid turnaround. 

Goals from Timo Werner and boyhood fan Mason Mount were enough to put the contest out of sight, after Christian Pulisic’s strike in the first leg gave the Blues a decisive away advantage – cancelling out Karim Benzema’s sublime effort.

Hazard issued an apology for laughing with his former Chelsea team-mates on Wednesday

Hazard issued an apology for laughing with his former Chelsea team-mates on Wednesday

He took to Instagram to say it was never his 'intention to offend the Real Madrid fans'

He took to Instagram to say it was never his ‘intention to offend the Real Madrid fans’

Hazard has since taken to Instagram to issue an apology, saying it wasn’t his ‘intention to offend Real Madrid fans’ and that it is a ‘dream’ to play for the club.    

Hazard took to his Instagram story to say: ‘I am sorry. I have read a lot of opinions about me today and it wasn’t my intention to offend Real Madrid fans.

‘It has always been my dream to play for Real Madrid and I came here to win.

‘The season is not over and together we must now battle for La Liga. Hala Madrid!’

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Fans fume at Eden Hazard’s reaction to being kicked out of the Champions League

‘He could genuinely not care less about Real Madrid’: Fans fume at Eden Hazard’s reaction to being kicked out of the Champions League as he laughs and jokes with Kurt Zouma

  • Real Madrid fans were furious at Eden Hazard’s reaction to Real Madrid’s loss
  • Hazard was seen joking and laughing with his former team-mates after the game
  • Real lost 2-0 to Chelsea – sending them through to the final 3-1 on aggregate 

Real Madrid fans were furious at Eden Hazard’s reaction to being kicked out of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Belgian – who returned to Stamford Bridge for the first time since his £88million transfer to Spain in 2019 – was seen joking and laughing with his former team-mates after the game.

Fans took to social media to express their frustration at his reaction after Real Madrid suffered a 2-0 loss to the Blues – seeing Thomas Tuchel’s side advance to the final 3-1 on aggregate.  

Real Madrid fans were furious at Eden Hazard’s reaction to Real Madrid’s loss on Wednesday

Real Madrid fans were not only disappointed by his actions off the pitch, but his performance on the pitch.  

Having been fit for just 755 minutes of Champions League football this season, fans were hoping his return would be inspired. 

However, he failed to make his mark on the game and was hook off in what turned out to be a miserable night for Real Madrid. 

Nevertheless, Hazard seemed in high spirits after the game and was filmed joking and hugging his former team-mate Kurt Zouma. 

The Real Madrid forward also shared an intimate moment with Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta.       

As a result fans took to social media to both criticise and mock Hazard – with many joking he was secretly playing for Chelsea the whole time. 

One fan wrote: ‘Eden Hazard just got knocked out of the Champions League and this is his reaction after the game’.

While another added: ‘Eden Hazard could genuinely not care less about Real Madrid.’

Other supporters shared the same opinion, writing: ‘Hazard played against Real Madrid and this is so big an evidence. How can you be laughing this hard when you just lost a #UCL Semi final?’

Another fan compared his reaction to that of Cristiano Ronaldo during his time at Real Madrid, saying: ‘Ronaldo’s reaction after CL s.f exit vs Hazard’s reaction after CL s.f exit Different priorities’.

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CHRIS SUTTON: Timo Werner has the pace to run returning Sergio Ramos ragged

CHRIS SUTTON: Timo Werner has the pace to run returning Sergio Ramos ragged in the second leg of Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid

  • Chelsea have kept 17 clean sheets since Thomas Tuchel took charge in January
  • One more against LaLiga’s Real Madrid and they’re in a Champions League final
  • Chelsea had limited Real to a single shot on target during the first leg last week
  • They also created chances and should have scored more than the one they did

Chelsea have kept 17 clean sheets since Thomas Tuchel took charge in January — the most of any club in Europe’s elite leagues. One more on Wednesday and they’re in a Champions League final. 

The onus is on Real Madrid to get back into this tie against a side that knows how to keep opponents out. There was so much right about the performance from last week’s first leg. The only downside was the score didn’t reflect the way they played in Madrid.

Defensively, Chelsea limited Real to a single shot on target, which Karim Benzema scored opportunistically after a set-piece.

Chelsea have kept 17 clean sheets since Thomas Tuchel took charge of the club in January

Chelsea had limited Real Madrid to a single shot on target during the first leg last week

Chelsea had limited Real Madrid to a single shot on target during the first leg last week 

At the other end, Chelsea created chances and should have scored more than the one they did through Christian Pulisic.

Timo Werner, in particular, missed a glorious opportunity from inside six yards. All strikers go through good and bad patches of form. 

Werner has proved himself to be a good team player but he has not been clinical enough in front of goal. We know that, and he knows that. But he has to sense the opportunity in front of him now.

The Blues also created chances and should have scored more than the one they did

The Blues also created chances and should have scored more than the one they did

While Timo Werner has the pace to run returning Sergio Ramos ragged in the second leg

While Timo Werner has the pace to run returning Sergio Ramos ragged in the second leg

It sounds like Sergio Ramos will return for Real — in what would be his first start for the club since March 16.

When asked whether he would be tempted to play a more conventional striker against Ramos, such as Tammy Abraham or Olivier Giroud, Tuchel said: ‘If we play with no striker at all and Ramos has nothing to fight then that can also be a solution.’

Werner would win any foot races against Ramos. He should go out there, help his team into a Champions League final and believe he can win them this competition. 

It’s been an indifferent season for Werner but guiding Chelsea to glory in Europe would earn him legend status.

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Thomas Tuchel insists Chelsea will try to beat Real Madrid in Champions League semi-final second leg

Thomas Tuchel insists Chelsea will try to beat Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final despite Christian Pulisic’s away goal in Spain… as he warns his players not to ‘lose our heads’ if Sergio Ramos starts

  • Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea will try and beat Real Madrid on Wednesday night
  • The Blues scored a vital away goal in the first leg of their European semi-final
  • Tuchel says he does not know how to set up a team without the aim of winning
  • He also told his players not to ‘lose their heads’ if Sergio Ramos starts for Real 

Thomas Tuchel has insisted Chelsea will go for the jugular against Real Madrid on Wednesday night, despite having a vital away goal in their Champions League semi-final.

Christian Pulisic’s first-half strike in Madrid last week has the Blues in pole position and a home win or goalless draw will guarantee their progress to the final. 

However, their first-leg advantage has led to debate over whether Tuchel will go for victory or try to defend their away goal and hope Real do not score one of their own.

Thomas Tuchel insists his Chelsea team will do all they can to beat Real Madrid on Wednesday

Chelsea are in pole position in their European semi-final thanks to Christian Pulisic's away goal

Chelsea are in pole position in their European semi-final thanks to Christian Pulisic’s away goal

But, speaking ahead of the second leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, Tuchel insisted Chelsea will be going out to win the game and seal their place in the Istanbul final in emphatic style. 

‘For me the challenge is to forget the result in two-legged games and go on and start new at 0-0,’ the German said.

‘We will clear prepare to win the match, nothing else. I don’t know any other way to prepare other than to encourage my team to go out and try to win it.

‘If we are at our best then it’s a non-brainer that we go for the win. We want to win games, this club is about winning.

‘This game and competition is about winning. We are in the semi-final second leg. 

‘The first result is not as important as everybody thinks. There is zero importance for me in the preparation of this match. 

‘It’s not changed anything about how we’ve prepared, zero influence. We will encourage them, we will demand from them and we will be strong tomorrow as a group and one club with one goal to overcome Real Madrid.

‘This will only happen if we bring our best level to the pitch and the best level means we try to win it.’

Tuchel also demanded his players don't 'lose their heads' if Real captain Sergio Ramos starts

Tuchel also demanded his players don’t ‘lose their heads’ if Real captain Sergio Ramos starts

The defender has been back in training after being out for over a month with a calf problem

The defender has been back in training after being out for over a month with a calf problem

Real could be boosted by the return of captain Sergio Ramos after he watched on from the stands in the first leg. 

Ramos, who was doing individual ball work in training on Sunday, has been out for over a month with a calf problem. 

He took part in full training on Monday and has travelled to London with Zidane’s squad, which would be a huge boost for the Spanish side.

Tuchel admits he expects Ramos to start the second leg but demanded his side don’t ‘lose our heads’ over his inclusion.

He added: ‘The main lesson is we can trust ourselves and have the right to be in the semi-finals. 

‘We should be self-confident, have absolutely no fear to face this challenge because we deserve to be there and can perform at that level again. This is the main lesson.

‘Does Ramos play or not? This is a tough question because i don’t know if he’s fit or not. We’ll see after training and when they give the line-up.

‘Does it change for Real Madrid? Yes it changes them a lot. He’s the captain of the most successful team in Europe in recent years.

‘It changes a lot but we cannot lose our heads about this decision. I think that he will start, we will prepare for that and we have to make sure he can’t do it alone.’

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Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes has a coaching ally in Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes has a coaching ally in Thomas Tuchel… and she calls on both teams to make it a landmark Champions League double against Bayern Munich and Real Madrid

  • Chelsea Women’s boss Emma Hayes has shared ideas with Thomas Tuchel
  • Chelsea host Bayern Munich in Champions League semi-final second leg 
  • Tuchel’s men are also looking to get to their own Champions League final 
  • His side face Real Madrid in the second leg, with the tie poised finely at 1-1 

Emma Hayes has found a coaching ally in Thomas Tuchel as the two highly respected managers bid to make Chelsea great again in a unique Champions League double.

Chelsea Women look to overturn a 2-1 first leg semi-final deficit when they host Bayern Munich on Sunday ahead of Tuchel’s men trying to book their place in a final when they host Real Madrid on Tuesday.

It will be a footballing first for Chelsea or any other club to have both sides in the final together and Hayes says she and Tuchel would not have it any other way.

Both Hayes and Tuchel (pictured) have Chelsea teams vying for a Champions League final spot

Chelsea Women’s boss Emma Hayes (left) has found an ally in Thomas Tuchel (right)

Chelsea must overturn a 2-1 Champions League semi-final first leg defeat to Bayern Munich

Chelsea must overturn a 2-1 Champions League semi-final first leg defeat to Bayern Munich

‘I have always said at Chelsea we always talk about winning in this place. That is what comes with the territory. We do not mind the pressure, expectations, the tags or titles or whatever comes with it.

‘We just know we are a club that wants to be in winning positions and it is great to think both the men’s and women’s teams have reached these stages. That said, we are about winning things not just getting here.’

Hayes has made Chelsea the dominant force in English football in nearly a decade in west London, having made her name as a coach at the previously all-conquering Arsenal.

And she revealed she was only too happy to share her knowledge of the club with German coach Tuchel when he arrived as Frank Lampard’s replacement in January

Hayes has made Chelsea the dominant force in English football in nearly 10 years at the club

Hayes has made Chelsea the dominant force in English football in nearly 10 years at the club

‘I had a lovely encounter with Thomas Tuchel,’ she added. ‘He is an open minded progressive coach.

‘There is a reason why the men’s team are performing like they are and if we can mirror that success side by side how fantastic that would be.

‘He loves our team and knows women’s football. We had a chat about his time at PSG and exchanged conversation in and around Chelsea. I have been here a long time and I am excited about him being here. He is a top coach and there will be plenty more interactions with him.’

Hayes will be looking to experienced players such as defender Millie Bright to steer Chelsea into their first Champions League final with the Women’s Super League crown already all but won.

Millie Bright said 'it would be amazing' if both Chelsea sides made the Champions League final

Millie Bright said ‘it would be amazing’ if both Chelsea sides made the Champions League final

The England international Bright echoed her manager and said: ‘We are all as one as a club.

‘Chelsea wants to be successful and known for winning the biggest trophies on the biggest stages against the biggest teams. We are working together. We do not talk about it together with the men’s side, but we all know we represent the same club and same badge and it would be amazing for both teams to do well.

‘It is a good time for the club but we have to keep two feet on ground and do not look beyond the game on Sunday and getting it done. We are neither favourites or underdogs – the game is there for either team to take. We both have great qualities but we have lots of confidence going into this game.

‘Reaching and winning the final will be our biggest moment as we do not want to be known for just reaching semi-finals. We have the capabilities to go beyond but we do not like to discuss that when we are not through yet. We need to stay calm and be brave on the ball.’  

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Chelsea’s Charly Musonda confident he’s ‘on the right track’ to recovery after FOUR-YEAR injury hell

Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda confident he’s ‘on the right track’ to recovery after FOUR-YEAR injury hell… despite being told he had ’20 per cent’ chance of coming back from posterior cruciate ligament damage

  • The Zambian went four years without playing back-to-back football matches 
  • He has trained at Dubai’s Transform Altitude Centre in a bid to salvage his career 
  • But the 24-year-old has underlined he could still have a 10-year career in football 

Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda has openly discussed his four-year injury hell but insisted he is set for an ‘incredible comeback’ after suffering chronic knee injuries.

The Zambian, 24, has been at Chelsea since 2012 when he was just 15 years old and was rated as one of the world’s best young players at the age of 16.

He suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in 2016 and has barely played since then, training at Dubai’s Transform Altitude centre in a bid to revive his ailing top-level career.

Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda (pictured) has opened up on his four-year injury struggle

But the Zambian, 24, has declared he is back 'on the right track' in his recovery process

But the Zambian, 24, has declared he is back ‘on the right track’ in his recovery process

In an interview with the BBC, Musonda – currently in injury rehabilitation – compared his journey to getting ready for a boxing match.

He said: ‘It’s very difficult to have three years without being able to do what you really love. I would be lying to say it’s been easy, but I’ve always known that some struggles are worth going through.

‘I feel like a fighter now preparing for a boxing match. It would be an incredible comeback – an incredible story. Every day is part of the journey, every day a step closer to coming back. I’m on the right track.

The 23-year-old has revealed that doctors told him the chances of playing again were slim

The 23-year-old has revealed that doctors told him the chances of playing again were slim

Musonda had to watch from the sidelines as fellow Blues academy players broke into the side

Musonda had to watch from the sidelines as fellow Blues academy players broke into the side

‘I do believe if I put a run together and I come back, I can play for a good 10 years. I’m still 24 – if I come back in the prime of my career, I can put a run together – that’s my goal.’

Musonda was told the odds of him returning to football was around 20 per cent, and the odds of hum returning at the highest level and playing for Chelsea was ‘slim to none’.

The injury also meant he was forced to watch from the sidelines as fellow Blues academy prospects like Mason Mount, Reece James and Tammy Abraham broke into the first-team.

He concluded: ‘I know how hard it is, so I’m really proud of them. Seeing people you’ve grown up with doing so well, you can only be happy. Hopefully, I’ll be able to one day train and play with them again.’

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