The Chelsea manager was speaking ahead of his side’s contest with Porto
Quizzed about Kai Havertz and if he could be Chelsea’s captain down the line, Thomas Tuchel had completely ruled out the role for the German player. Tuchel was quick to assert that Havertz was not somebody he viewed as the emotional captain of the team.
Tuchel Opines On Chelsea’s Captain
Tuchel was today asked about those comments. Talking ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League fixture against Porto, Tuchel was asked who he viewed as Chelsea’s emotional captain.
And the Chelsea manager provided his three candidates.
“You don’t want to be in a fight with Toni Rudiger, Azpi or Kova. For me, when you have big matches, you look around at who is next to you and feel comfortable, see who you can rely on,” Tuchel said.
Tuchel was meanwhile also asked about Chelsea’s approach to their second round faceoff against Porto. The London based side will be carrying a crucial 2-0 advantage heading into the quarter-final matchup in Spain.
“We don’t approach games like this or change the approach. For us it is important that we focus on us, play the best game possible as this increases the chances to have a result. In terms of a result, it is easier for Porto because they need to score three goals to get through, for them if it is clear. For us, if we start in this way then we could completely lose our heads. I hope we embrace the challenge and feel it.”
“If we want to end the season with a trophy then we better win both matches or it will be a bit difficult. The most important thing is to fully focus on what we do, forget we already have a result, what we did against Palace, it is in the past. In high level sports, there is nothing more uninteresting than the past, the next fixture is most important.
“We can be confident, we have a strong squad. We are always a tough team to play against. Don’t be afraid of nothing.”