Thomas Tuchel sings praises of two Chelsea stars after Man City win but sets strong demand

Chelsea v Manchester City: Match in pictures

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has demanded his side do not drop a single per cent between now and the end of the season after reaching the FA Cup final for the fourth time in five years. Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley on Saturday thanks to a second-half strike from Hakim Ziyech.

Tuchel’s side have ended City’s hopes of winning the quadruple this season.

And the German was delighted with the performance his players put in.

Tuchel told the BBC: “It was a very, very strong performance. Very happy and very proud.

“We played an excellent 35 minutes in the first half, then we had to suffer 10 minutes of some easy ball losses and, of course, the quality of City.

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“Then we played another half an hour so, so strong. Deserved the lead, deserved to win and could even be one goal higher.

“The last 15 minutes we suffered a lot because they played with a lot of risks, many offensive players and we were becoming a bit tired.

“But it was a very, very strong performance and very happy for my team, very proud they performed at this level today.”

Timo Werner set up Ziyech for the goal 10 minutes after half time.

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The duo were singled out by Tuchel in his analysis of the match but he insists his team’s level cannot drop as they head towards the business end of the campaign.

“It was important [how Werner and Ziyech played],” he added.

“You can only win against City if you have everyone on top level and the two guys were very good up front.

“The speed and the acceleration, and the impact that Mason [Mount] had with the pass.

“Timo and Hakim were in the same line-up against Liverpool where they were also very, very strong in an away game, in a 1-0 victory.

“So I’m happy because on the other side it has to be absolutely like this.

“Everyone who is on the pitch needs to perform now, now is the point of the season where we can’t drop 1 per cent and that’s what we wanted.”

Ziyech was named man of the match and was delighted with the outcome.

The Moroccan said: “I think everybody is happy. We did a good job, especially in the first half.

“Second half was a little bit difficult, but in the end we scored the one goal we needed and it was enough.

“Of course you always have to have that feeling before the game that you want to score.

“I think Timo went good into the space, he saw my run and it was a good delivery and I could put it in easy.” 

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