Thomas Tuchel claims ‘everybody is jealous’ of Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel believes that others are envious of Chelsea’s opportunity to compete in the Club World Cup following his side’s triumph against Palmeiras in Saturday’s final.

The Blues grabbed the lead through Romelu Lukaku’s header, but were pulled back when Thiago Silva surrendered a penalty for handball following a VAR review, which Raphael Veiga converted.

Extra time followed, and Kai Havertz scored the game-winning goal in the 117th minute, just before Palmeiras’ Luan Garcia was sent off deep into stoppage time.

The Blues have now won every trophy available to them since Roman Abramovich purchased the club, becoming the third English team to win the Club World Cup, joining Manchester United and Liverpool on the list.

It’s also Tuchel’s third trophy since taking over as Chelsea manager from Frank Lampard, and he stated he’s delighted to be a part of the club’s continuous success.

He said: “I’m a part of it and I’m happy to have the chance.

“We said before in the dressing room what an opportunity this is, everybody is jealous of us to play a game like this.

“As boys, we all dream to have finals like this. We wanted to play with no regrets. There are still things to win, it never stops.”

He added: “Of course [I feel] relief.

“In the end if you score late, you need luck to do it. We were relentless, we did not stop trying, we took the effort and didn’t give in. 

“We had the lead, then we lost it. But we never stopped attacking so I think it’s deserved but you need luck to score late.”

Chelsea’s next Premier League match is against Crystal Palace, while they will have another chance to win a trophy in the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool at the end of February.

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