The Blues enter FIFA’s club tournament tomorrow in the semi-finals against Saudi Arabian team Al Hilal.
Unfortunately, German manager Thomas Tuchel isn’t yet with the squad in Abu Dhabi after testing positive for Covid-19 last week.
The Evening Standard reports that Tuchel’s in “constant contact” with his Chelsea coaches, though.
First-team assistant Arno Michels, who led the side in the weekend’s FA Cup win against Plymouth Argyle, is in charge of the group. It is understood Tuchel has sent a firm message of not to return without the trophy.
Winning Chelsea mentality
Chelsea fans are going to love hearing about Tuchel’s demand to win this week’s tournament, with the final taking place at the weekend.
It’s been the business model of Roman Abramovich’s ownership that all Blues managers are under pressure to win trophies.
Chelsea are yet to win the Club World Cup, so it’s another chance for Tuchel to create a piece of history at Stamford Bridge.
The success of winning the Champions League last May is going to earn him eternal love from most of the fanbase, but the new season brought a new pressure on him from the club’s heirarchy.
It’s been a great achievement to reach the Carabao Cup final that takes place against Liverpool later in February. A Club World Cup success would be great for his CV, too.