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It’s not over, Tuchel warns Chelsea players after Leicester defeat


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Chelsea gaffer, Thomas Tuchel, has told his players that there is still more to fight for before the season ends after they made up for their FA Cup defeat with a 2-1 win over Leicester City last night.
The Blues were frustrated by the VAR with two disallowed goals after the referee failed to award them a possible penalty in the first half.

Goals from Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho (PK) mounted pressure on the Foxes before Kelechi Iheanacho netted a consolatory goal.|

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Tuchel described his team’s performance as outstanding but reminded them of the crucial Premier League clash with Villa and the Champions League final against Manchester City.

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“It was an outstanding performance but the job is not done. We have two more to go.|

“The fans made a huge difference. You see the speed in our game, the hunger, the ambition. It was a very strong performance and I’m absolutely delighted the team can present itself like this in front of our fans.

“We needed exactly that today. It was a big win but it is not time for celebration yet.”

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He added: “It was an OK performance in the cup, but today was a top performance.

“First half was amazing, the quality and energy, and the second half as well. We gave an easy goal away that made us suffer a bit in the end but overall it was a very deserved win.”

Speaking on the ref’s decision to deny them a penalty in the first half, Tuchel said: “It’s a clear penalty. They [VAR] are horrible against us and it’s the third time in a row. We have a goal against Arsenal denied with handball, we have a goal against Leicester in the cup with a hand and today, it is a penalty but the foul goes against us.

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“This has to stop of course but we were not worried at half-time. We just said ‘let’s do it again and force it’.”

The Blues took control of their top-four fate with the victory by moving third on the table with 67 points, one ahead of fourth-placed Leicester who could drop by a spot if fifth-placed Liverpool (63 points) bag all three points against Burnley today.