Thomas Tuchel says he has to earn the sort of time Jurgen Klopp got at Liverpool to turn Chelsea into champions.
Tuchel was given an 18-month contract in January and knows that patience is in short supply at Stamford Bridge when it comes to the manager.
That’s in contrast to Klopp, who got a three-year deal when he landed the Liverpool job in 2015 and has slowly turned the Reds into champions of England and Europe.
But Tuchel, whose side are one point clear of the Reds but 21 points behind Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, insists he can follow in Klopp’s footsteps.
And on the eve of Chelsea’s trip to Anfield on Thursday night, he said: “I have to earn it that I can have the same time as Jurgen and Pep.
Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp go head to head on Thursday night
“This was no gift for them. Everybody saw every week what impact they could have on teams. This is what I have to prove. This is my job. This is my target.
“I have to work every week to make my impact here and show I deserve to have the same amount of time to build teams. I have to earn it.
“Is it more difficult here? No. I feel we have already become a union and we can do it together. I speak as a solid part of this development.”
Tuchel’s challenge is a big one as Chelsea have finished 30, 26 and 33 points off the top since they last won the title.
He said: “The amount of points shows how big the gap was and still is. Sometimes it’s good to see the reality and speak it out loud.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is enjoying life in the Premier League
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“But still it has to be the ambition to close it as fast as possible. It’s a thin line between argument and giving an excuse and I don’t want to do that.
“Will we close the gap to City this season? We will not. This is not possible. But from next season on we all start from zero points.