Thomas Tuchel admits that the FA Cup final loss still hurts because it was a huge match for the Blues. However, the Chelsea boss insists that he was brought on board to secure a top-4 finish above winning the cup – something he intends to fulfill in the remaining weeks.
Asked whether qualification for next season’s Champions League is more important to Chelsea than winning the FA Cup, the German gaffer replied: “It would look like I am a bad loser if I say yes.
“I am not a good loser but I want to be a respectful loser and I am not here to play the match down because of financial reasons. We lost a big match, it was a huge match for us, we put out the best team possible.
“We did not rest anybody because we had the feeling that this game tomorrow is more important. But there is a but. Do we want to play Champions League next season?
“Yes, this is the target when I stepped into this club. I want to be very clear – the task was: ‘Let’s try everything to be in the top four.’
“The task was not: ‘Let’s try everything to win the FA Cup’ because the FA Cup, as big as it is, does not bring you to Champions League football next season. It’s top four that brings us that.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea defeated Leicester City on Tuesday night to go 3rd on the Premier League standing, one point above the Foxes with one game left to play.
With the current standing, Chelsea is safe to play in the next season’s Champions League irrespective of what happens in this season’s UCL final against Manchester City on May 29th.