Chelsea FC boss Thomas Tuchel gives clear indication he wants to sign long-term contract

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Chelsea FC boss Thomas Tuchel gives clear indication he wants to sign long-term contract
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Thomas Tuchel has given a clear indication that he wants to sign a long-term deal at Chelsea.

The former Paris Saint-Germain boss was initially handed an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge as Frank Lampard’s successor in January.

Since then, Tuchel has guided the club to a top-four Premier League finish and both the FA Cup and Champions League finals.

“I’m just so happy to be here,” Tuchel said ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Manchester City in Porto. “I have never felt so good since I was in Mainz and this feels like the perfect place and the perfect moment.

“I’m so happy to be here, so whatever will come will come. We cannot force things, but, of course, this is my point of view and this is very clear.”

Tuchel will significantly improve his chances of a new deal if he can secure a third straight victory against Pep Guardiola, having beaten City in the FA Cup semi-finals and the League in recent weeks.

He said: “We are well aware that Man City is the benchmark with this team and manager over the last years, but in football you are always able to close the gap. We have done that twice and we will try again tomorrow.

“How did we do it before? We were courageous and brave, we suffered together and we were strong as a team with belief and quality and we did show up in every single minute. This is pretty much it.

“Tomorrow will be a very different line up I think from Man City. But nevertheless we have the experience of how much we had to suffer, the experience of how brave, how courageous we need also to play in certain moments of the game.

“For me it’s about too, about this tomorrow, it’s always tough to play against City, Bayern or Barcelona when Pep is at the sideline.

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“They create and he creates this team with this huge belief, and this huge success, and continuously winning mentality.

“So they are maybe at the moment the strongest team in Europe and maybe in the world, and they have a huge gap, they have built a huge gap between them and us in the league.

“But we closed the gap for 90 minutes in Wembley, we closed the gap for 90 minutes at City, and this is what we want to do tomorrow.”

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