Since his arrival, the German boss has guided the Blues to fifth place from mid-table, and he believes this is just the beginning.

Thomas Tuchel believes that Chelsea will match Manchester City’s expectations and compete for the Premier League title next season.

Chelsea spent over €250 million last summer to bring in top European talent to Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel has been charged with leading this star-studded squad to the Champions League via a top-four finish, which Frank Lampard thought was too much to ask.

Until now, the former Paris Saint-Germain player has been on the right track. His team is just one point away from the bottom position in the Champions League.

The German tactician, on the other hand, has loftier ambitions. He aspires to follow in the footsteps of Pep Guardiola, who recently led his team to their 21st consecutive win in all competitions.

Tuchel was reminded that Chelsea had not won the league title in four years and that they had finished 30, 26, and 33 points behind the champions in the previous three seasons.

“If you read these numbers out loud, they don’t seem [realistic], but we shouldn’t restrict ourselves; at the very least, we shouldn’t brace for excuses,” he replied via ESPN.

“There is a thin line between claims that I can understand and realistic arguments that are just there. The number of points indicates how wide the distance was and continues to be.

“It’s often necessary to face facts and strive to close [the gap] as quickly as possible. Will we be able to close the gap on Man City this season? We can not do so; it is unlikely.

“However, we all start with zero points from next season, and City was in trouble this season and nobody took advantage of it. It’s been proven in sports that if you catch a certain momentum, you can progress quickly and develop.

“We are completely committed to making it happen. It’s a fine line between seeing the truth and admitting reality, between admitting that there’s a long way to go and refusing to let it become an excuse.

“Right now, we’re vying for the top four, which was a huge job when we first arrived, and we’ll be vying for all titles and competitions next year.”

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