Cup crusade saving Tuchel from scrutiny over faltering title bid
Evening Standard|January 13, 2022
THERE is unlikely to be a Premier League title for Chelsea this season, but a third major cup final in 12 months will do for now.
James Robson

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CHELSEA WIN 3-0 ON AGGREGATE

Winning the Carabao Cup will never be enough to satisfy Roman Abramovich but, as far as Thomas Tuchel is concerned, it is significantly better than the alternative, particularly when a place at Wembley was secured at the expense of bitter rivals Tottenham and a jettisoned former Chelsea manager in Antonio Conte.

The Italian was ushered out the exit door despite winning the FA Cup in 2018 — just a year after clinching the club’s last League title — so he knows better than most that silverware alone is not enough to guarantee job security at Stamford Bridge.

But, again, it sure beats the alternative. Tuchel has been acutely aware of that from the moment he took charge at Chelsea just shy of a year ago. He immediately embraced the expectation of Abramovich and set himself the hardest act to follow by winning the Champions League within four months at the club.

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