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Tuchel urges Chelsea to “keep the feeling and hunger” as they prepare to defend the Champions League

Thomas Tuchel has urged Chelsea to “keep the feeling and hunger” as the club prepare to defend the Champions League.

Chelsea host Zenit St. Petersburg at the start of the group stage tomorrow night as the West Londoners try to defend the trophy they won after beating Manchester City in last season’s final.

The European champions want to emulate Real Madrid as the only team to defend the Champions League in modern times, with Tuchel giving a definitive answer to the question of whether last season’s success was his greatest achievement.

“Yes. In general, I find it difficult to evaluate performance, because who wants to judge performance. I try with my staff to do the best we can,” he said at his press conference before the game.

“It’s the biggest title I’ve won so far, of course, but it feels like it was a long time ago. We are all focused on tomorrow. “

Tuchel says last season’s success convinced his squad ahead of the new season, but it’s important that Chelsea maintain their “hunger” as the Blues look for more silver.

“Nothing is like belief. I reached the final the previous season and felt like it was a great achievement not to take the last few steps made a big difference.

“But when you take the last step, nothing compares. It really changes something for everyone. The most important thing is not to look back, but to keep the feeling and the hunger.

“It’s addicting, this game is about winning because it changes the atmosphere, it changes the feel and gives you natural confidence.

“It is necessary to forget and start from scratch and that is what I feel and ask of everyone else. We will have the experience [of winning the Champions League] together forever, but it’s about looking ahead in sport.

When asked whether his team should be considered a favorite, the German said: “You can do what you want.

“It won’t change our approach. We got a bit out of the shadows (last semester). There are so many teams that can win it, you need luck and drive. It’s a very open competition.

“As you see in other sports, anything is possible if you believe in it.

“It wasn’t that we didn’t deserve to win it in the end, but that can happen to anyone. We start with zero points and zero goals so that everyone has the same chances. The aim is to reach our own top level. If we do that, anything is possible. “

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