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Every word Thomas Tuchel said on Haaland, Upamecano, Ziyech’s form, Kante’s fitness, the FA Cup

What’s the team news for this game, and how will you approach to FA Cup?

“If we play in any competition, we play to win it. So every round in any cup competition is the most important round. This is an elimination game and we have to be totally focused, totally on point tomorrow when the match starts, and ready to finish with a win. This is the absolute desire.

“There is a high possibility we see a lot of changes. First of all, everybody who is on the pitch tomorrow deserves to be on the pitch. So there will be guys tomorrow who suffered a little bit from my decisions in the last few games.

“And for us, it’s the third away match in a row. We don’t want to lose attention, awareness, and intensity in our game.

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“So this is the moment for us to have fresh legs and fresh minds on the pitch, and to have the full intensity needed to secure this win. This is what we aim for.”

Hakim Ziyech said this week we’ve not seen the best of him, when do you feel that will happen?

“Hopefully tomorrow we’ll see the best of him. He’s had a good week in training and we count on Hakim like everybody else, there are absolutely no doubts about that.

“We [previously] made decisions on other players – not against him – and tomorrow he will have the chance to show the same quality that he shows in training, the same determination.

“For me, it’s clear he needs to adapt to this kind of football, this kind of league. He’s come from a strong Ajax squad but they were the benchmark in the league. And it’s not the same intensity and it’s not the same competition as it is here.

“But he’s adapting, and he has the certain quality to decide matches and the certain quality to do the unexpected, which can give us an extra twist in any game and on any level.

“He proved that with Ajax and of course we want to push him to the same level of performance that he showed…

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