Champions League: Thomas Tuchel eyes win to avoid ‘side effect’
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel wants his side to secure Champions League qualification in their final Premier League game against Aston Villa to avoid added pressure going into the European final on May 29.
Third-placed Chelsea are a point above Liverpool and Leicester going into Sunday’s final games and a win at Villa Park will guarantee Chelsea a top-four finish before the Champions League final.
However, a fifth-placed finish will see Chelsea drop down to the Europa League unless they beat City in the final to qualify for Europe’s top-tier competition.
“We will play 100 per cent, no matter what, to win,” Tuchel told a news conference. “The side effect could be a crucial one but we don’t want to play this final to (qualify for) the Champions League. We put in so much hard work, quality into the last few months. We want to finish the game on Sunday.”