Thomas Tuchel delivers title verdict as new Chelsea boss ‘happy’ despite Wolves draw

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Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has demanded realism in terms of a Premier League title challenge this season. Tuchel watched his Chelsea side draw 0-0 at home to Wolves in his first match in charge on Wednesday. The Blues dominated possession at Stamford Bridge but were unable to make that count.

Chelsea sit eighth in the table, 11 points behind leaders Manchester City having played a game more than Pep Guardiola’s side.

And when asked if his team could challenge for top spot as early as this season, Tuchel claimed it was a step too far.

“We have to be realistic,” he said in his post-match press conference.

“Honestly, when you sign for Chelsea, you are absolutely right that you sign for the expectations to challenge for a title.

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“It is absolutely clear but at the same time, we have to be realistic.”

However, Tuchel was happy with the performance of his players after just having one training session with them since he was announced as Frank Lampard’s replacement on Tuesday.

“We deserved to win for the effort and desire the team put in but I told the dressing room that there is no room for doubts or disappointments,” he added.

“I was happy with the performance and intensity, we didn’t allow counter-attacks and were brave with courage.

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“I see a talented group of players who are totally open to our ideas, beliefs and tactical approach.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi was asked to play as a wing-back by Tuchel in a different formation to what Chelsea had been playing for the majority of the season.

And Tuchel said the England international did everything that was demanded of him.

Tuchel told Match of the Day: “Dribbling, runs, one on ones, intensity – defensively he had to help in a back five, we didn’t want to suffer too much with the ball in possession.

“Callum was the key on the side with his speed and confidence.”

Meanwhile, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was delighted to end a run of 12 league matches without a clean sheet.

Nuno said: “I am proud, everything starts from there, today we were a compact team, organised, bodies in front of the ball, doing everything to prevent Chelsea, we had chances but can do better.

“We were organised, closed the pockets, the line of the ball was always covered. Clean sheet, I am happy with the way the boys committed to the idea.

“We had a couple of chances but the game is more than that. That will come because the commitment is there. This is a starting point.

‘We recognised we wouldn’t have too much of the ball but that’s what the game needed.”

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