Tuchel looking forward to Liverpool game

Chelsea Head Coach Thomas Tuchel insists the match against Liverpool on Saturday will be the perfect opportunity to prove themselves against the best after winning the first two games of the season. The Blues defeated Liverpool last season for the first time since 2014 through Mason Mount’s goal, but Tuchel believes Liverpool will be a different proposition this time around.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the game Tuchel said the return of defender Virgil Van Dijk will make Liverpool’s defence much stronger than last season. The German added “That’s the reality and we should not hide from it.”

It’s not only his isolated capacity and level of performance but also that he makes everyone around him feel more comfortable and be stronger. Together with Matip, it is a huge upgrade to last March, and spectators back at Anfield can be a big factor as well.”

You will not be able to hear yourself or maybe communicate as easily as it was without spectators so it is harder to maybe escape pressure in tight situations.”

Having started the season in a strong way by winning the UEFA Super Cup and the opening two games, Tuchel believes Chelsea are ready to hunt down the teams that finished above them last season. He added “We also feel very confident because we know each other now longer and longer. We had some good experiences together and I have the feeling that we are ready for a fight on that level.”

Lukaku, who put in a dominant performance against Arsenal last Sunday will be against Virgil Van Dijk tomorrow, and Tuchel believes everyone is eager to see the battle. The Chelsea Head Coach added “I’m looking forward it and I think many fans of football are looking forward to that battle. It’s not only Van Dijk against Lukaku, it will be Liverpool against Chelsea, but of course for Romelu it’s a big challenge.”

He had now one match with us which was pretty impressive and a very good start so from now on we are into details, to adapting and to connecting better and better. The stress test is on tomorrow at Anfield and we will see but when we signed him we knew he was a very experienced player in terms of big matches.”

He loves these kind of games and that’s why I expect the best that we can see from him right now. I am not sure if he has already reached top level, maybe not because he has only one game in his legs, but hopefully he will have a good match tomorrow because he’s a tough competitor and he loves to play in these kind of matches against a strong opponent.”

Speaking on the importance of playing against Liverpool, Tuchel said “Any time when you play at Anfield against Liverpool, it’s one of the toughest challenges that you can face in European football,’ he added. ‘After that, you’re much smarter about where you are and what your true capacity and performance is.”

It’s like this tomorrow. We had a good start and Liverpool had a good start so tomorrow we will fight from the first minute to get a good result but it will be a huge challenge. No result will be a decision for the season but of course we are fighting because these are the challenges where we want to prove ourselves.”

Source: Chelsea FC

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