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Chelsea, fourth favourites to win EPL this year - Tuchel

Aug, 2021 | By Vivian Anigbogu | ||

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has placed his team as 'fourth favourites' in this season's English Premier League (EPL) title race, despite their Champions League triumph and opening-day thumping of Crystal Palace.

Tuchel who has won 20 of his 32 games as Blues boss since taking over from Frank Lampard in January, leading his new side to European glory in May and to fourth place in last season's Premier League, denied the Blues were in the title race this season - and insisted they were fourth favorites to lift the EPL trophy next May.

Tuchel said even with the mega-money addition of Romelu Lukaku to their ranks for the new campaign, Chelsea had a lot of catching up to do if it intends to finish top of the league. He said: "To be totally honest, I see us as the number four, that cannot be the favourite this year. "They have to close the gap to three, two and one. We said during the campaign in the last half-year we set the bar high and look to close gaps during 90 minutes, and that's what we'll try to continue. This is the Premier League, a tough competition.

It's on us, we are in this role and in the role of the hunters, we have to close the gap to Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.” He disclosed that the technical team were well aware of the attacking issues as Chelsea has scored only 25 goals in Tuchel's 19 league games in charge last season, including a 4-1 thumping of Palace at Selhurst Park in April, and instead said it was the Blues' defensive qualities that were the catalyst for their strong end to last season's league campaign and Champions League triumph.

"We are well aware of the situation; it was hard for us to convert all the chances we created. We had in our opinion a lot of chances in the box, which should be enough to score more. We played in the Champions League and won it, but we played that as underdogs; it's a different competition. It doesn't help if we translate the win of the Champions League into the status of becoming favourite in the Premier League. This is the toughest league in the world to win, and now it's on us to keep calm and work hard to reach the highest level on a permanent basis," the manager said.

Chelsea just completed a record 97.5 million Pounds signing of its former Belgian striker Lukaku who scored 47 goals across two seasons at Inter Milan before joining the Blues, and that can rightly be considered part of the measures Chelsea is taking to improve its goal scoring in the new season.

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