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Thomas Tuchel’s nightmare fixture scenario laid bare in Chelsea’s quest for Champions League

Chelsea are four games unbeaten under the watch of Thomas Tuchel as the struggles of Frank Lampard’s last two months disappear into the rear view mirror.

Following an opening draw with Wolves just 24 hours after accepting the job, Tuchel has secured three straight wins against Burnley, Spurs and Sheffield United which has lifted the team from ninth in the table when he took over to fifth, just one point behind Liverpool.

Tuchel hasn’t been in the job a fortnight yet and he, as most manager’s do, refuses to look past the next match when they trot that cliche line out in their pre and post-match press conferences.

But looking a bit further down the line, the head coach does face a tough run of games that will go a long way to deciding whether the Blues can get into the Champions League for next season.

Not that Tuchel will be drawn on his thoughts on the race for the top four yet, however.

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“What would it help to talk about it?” the head coach replied when asked about his team’s top four chances after the 2-1 win over Sheffield United on Sunday evening.

“It is clear that we are responsible now for a situation where we are close to where we want to be. We want to try everything to reach the top four and we said this very clear when we started.

“So now the guys put themselves in the situation where we are the hunters for the teams in front of us and we are close. It changes nothing because the next game in the league will be a home game and like everybody else we will be under the pressure to continue our run and build on the momentum. We will not allow anybody to focus on the future.

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