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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel’s warning to Champions League quarter-final rivals

Thomas Tuchel insists Chelsea will fear no-one in Friday’s Champions League draw after claiming none of their rivals will want to face them.

Tuchel has steered Chelsea to their first quarter final in seven years after they outclassed Atletico Madrid over two legs with another impressive win at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea boss Tuchel said: “I’m pretty sure no one wants to play against us. It’s a super difficult challenge ahead because we are already in the last eight.

“It’s a big step, but no need to be afraid, we take what we get and prepare as best as possible.

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“The most important is that we feel we deserve this. The most important is that we give the feedback for the guys what they did here in terms of quality and intensity.

“It’s most important you feel it and that no one has to convince you. You need to feel it.

Chelsea's manager Thomas Tuchel (C) celebrates with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy
Chelsea’s manager Thomas Tuchel (C) celebrates with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy

“They play with a special bond and fixtures and results like this give you a certain edge and glue to achieve special things. You can only achieve this through results and experiences.

“Very good performance, unbelievable team effort from guys on pitch and bench and in stands, could really feel we wanted it, we go through deserved.”

Hakim Ziyech and Chelsea substitute Emerson were on target while Atletico had Stefan Savic sent off in the dying minutes for elbowing Antonio Rudiger.

But Tuchel was also full of praise for man of the match N’Golo Kante – who turns 30 later this month – as he said he is worth more than just a single player.

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Tuchel added: “I never know the age of my players, I just judge from performance. If you play with N’Golo you always play with minimum half a man more.

“This is unique.

“It is a pleasure to be his coach, a big gift for me, a guy so, so humble, such a big helper on the pitch.

“Don’t underestimate his quality passing, dribbling and escaping the pressure.”

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