“We are still brave” – Thomas Tuchel proud of his players and loves their attitudes

Despite losing 1-0 to Manchester City on Saturday, Thomas Tuchel has been raving about his player and the hunger and top attitudes they have all been showing recently.

During a time where things can be very unpredictable and squads can quickly become over-stretched due to Covid-19 tests and injuries during a busy schedule, Tuchel is very proud of how his players have reacted and he says that he trusts all of them to step up out on to that pitch and do a job when called upon.

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The Blues are now 13 points behind league leaders Manchester City after the defeat at the weekend, but Tuchel says he loves the attitude shown by his players during a tough period.

City showed the difference in quality on the pitch once again between the two sides and Chelsea have some way to go to close the gap. But it’s nice to hear Tuchel is still proud of his players regardless.

“I love the ambition and I love the attitude and I love the hunger with which we are playing,” said Tuchel on the Chelsea website.

“We are still brave and we are still up for a good fight and you can trust anybody that you put on the pitch. It is a pleasure to be on the sideline.

“It makes a difference if as a player you have to fight every single day for your place, every single match for your place, and this is not the case in our team for too long. If you have a negative Covid test and you’re fit and you’re not injured, you have a huge chance to be in the line-up. For that I give huge credit and for me it is proof how good the attitude and the mentality is in our team and in our club.

“I think we just need our whole squad. Our team is a strong team, and even now on Saturday it was a strong team.

“Was Liverpool able to compete last year for the title? No. Maybe the only real difference was that they were missing Virgil van Dijk. I’ve said it many times, key players are key players because they are key in everything that they do and everything in how they behave.

‘To compete, to do what we want to do and what we did on Saturday also for 90 minutes, we need everybody and we struggle from long-term injuries, we struggle from Covid. This is the circumstances and still we are reliable and still we push ourselves and still we will not make a big thing of it. It is just to explain the situation.

“As you saw on Saturday we still believe in ourselves and that we can come up with a performance that can hurt even Manchester City. We did and like I’ve said many times before if we play the same game again, maybe we get a draw and it would not be completely undeserved.”