Thomas Tuchel takes his unbeaten Chelsea record into match number eleven in just about and hour, and while the chance for the Premier League title is long gone, something almost as important is very much on the line still.
Of course, finishing in the top-four isn’t an actual trophy and neither is it a viable substitute for one, regardless of how important it might be for the club’s finances and ability to attract players. And after a rare trophy-less season, it’s even more imperative that we resume our obsessive collecting of shiny things.
Reece James, who practically grew up at the club from a very young age, knows that as well as anyone.
“We have to win trophies this season. There are not many games left to play so we need to keep working and keep on pushing game by game because the aim is always to win trophies.”
Not losing games like Tuchel has done so far is certainly an excellent way to go about a trophy hunt, but on a more granular level, it’s also a great way to build team unity, confidence, and that all-important winning habit. Cultivate enough of that, and the trophies will come naturally.
“The style of play that [Tuchel]’s brought in was evident and clear for us to understand. The more we play together, the stronger we will be. Game by game, we will get better and build together.
“He is very funny and very passionate because he wants to win. He wants the best for his players and his team, and that shows when he’s on the sideline kicking and heading every ball. Everyone gets on well and it’s a great group.”
-Reece James; source: Chelsea FC
Eventually, all good streaks come to an end, and Tuchel will (probably) not go unbeaten in Chelsea career, however long it may last. But hopefully that won’t happen today just yet.