Tuchel refuses to take pride in facing Lille

THOMAS Tuchel refuses to be complacent even though Chelsea have a temporary 2-0 advantage over Lille and still demands the best performance from his players for the second leg of the Champions League last 16 at the Pierre Maurroy Stadium, France, Thursday (17/3) early morning WIB.

“This is only half the game and there is no guarantee whatsoever from the 2-0 score. Tomorrow is the second half and we have to show our best performance again,” Tuchel said in pre-match comments quoted from the official UEFA website, Wednesday (16/3).

Moreover, reflecting on the meeting at Stamford Bridge, Tuchel considered Lille to be able to present an impressive performance with a series of characters that cannot be underestimated.

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“I think they played well at Stamford Bridge. They were physically strong, attacking with high lines. It was incredible,” he said.

“They also have a good pressing game, are very brave and have the mentality of being able to play loose.”

“They will apply a 4-4-2 scheme that is aggressive, fluid and direct. We have to be ready for that, but we are also confident,” added Tuchel.

Meanwhile, attacking midfielder Kai Havertz, who is increasingly playing the role of Tuchel’s trusted lone striker, does not want to be complacent with his achievements and wants to continue his consistent form.

Havertz also scored one goal against Lille in the first leg, then has four goals and another assist in three Premier League games since then.

“Of course I’m happy with the performance in the last few games, but as a footballer you can’t be complacent and you have to keep looking for more,” he said.

“So, I want to be able to play more consistently and hopefully this performance can continue to be maintained,” continued Havertz,

A draw or defeat by a margin of no more than one goal against Lille will bring Chelsea closer in the struggle to retain the Champions League title and become the third English team to win Europe’s most prestigious competition in two consecutive seasons after Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. (Ant/OL-1)