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Winning the Champions League with Chelsea has only made Thomas Tuchel want to win it again more

Addiction

Manchester City v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Final Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

We’ve got a fever and the only cure is more trophies. This is one addiction that doesn’t need rehab. Shiny!

On the eve of the 2021-22 Champions League campaign, Thomas Tuchel, like most of his squad, has little interest in looking back on last season and the events of May 29. And not because those events were bad. Far from it. Chelsea won the Champions League, for the second time in our history, with Tuchel himself going that one last step further than the year before, when he took PSG to the final only to be defeated by Bayern Munich.

But the success of that May night in Porto has only served to increase his and the team’s appetite for more glory. That’s winning mentality at work, folks!

“The most important thing is to keep the feeling and keep the hunger because that feeling creates a hunger for more and more; it’s addictive. In general.

“It’s about winning, this game, because winning changes your feeling, your atmosphere, here within the building, your work atmosphere, it changes it completely and it gives you natural confidence.

“At the same time, it is absolutely necessary to forget it, and to start from scratch, and to show this hunger and mentality again. This is what I demand from myself and from everybody else around, that we don’t change in terms of hunger.

“We’ll have this experience together forever, and we can create a bond and confidence out of it, but it’s about looking ahead in sport, and taking up the challenges that are coming. And the next step is tomorrow.”

Manchester City v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Final Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images

That next step is Zenit St Petersburg, the back-to-back-to-back Russian Premier League champions coming to town and looking to cause a bit of drama on the opening matchday of the group stage.

Chelsea winning the title some 100 days ago won’t matter one jot. That’s in the museum and our memories. Now, it’s about what’s next.

“It’s obviously the biggest title that I won so far, it was a huge night and a big experience. But it honestly feels like it was a long time ago, and it’s necessary that it feels like that. We are all focused on tomorrow, it’s the most important game in the CL campaign run that we play, it’s the first one in the group stage.”

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“We start from scratch, zero points, Zenit come with the same and the so everybody has the same chance. So the target is to reach our own top level every single game, if we do this, anything is possible. If we don’t, we will not be long in the Champions League. It’s as easy as that.”

-Thomas Tuchel; source: Football.London

We’re all about making history, not reliving it.

Let’s make some more!