Chelsea boss Tuchel favourites’ tag against Lille

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has rejected the favourites’ tag for their Champions League clash with Lille.

Chelsea host Lille in the first-leg of their round 16 tie on Tuesday night.

“We should not think too much of how others could see us as the favourites against Lille,” said Tuchel.

“We have to accept at the moment it’s a phase where things feel a bit tight and more difficult than other times. This is the situation for the match on Tuesday.

“It’s important to be realistic and not over-expect from us, and accept games against midtable teams can become difficult. Once we accept that, it’s the first step to feel a certain freedom and become better.

“We are confident of having a good performance because we deliver on a high level in knockout matches, cup matches, Champions League matches. We have the fans behind us. We go step by step, and we will ready to fight with them on an okay level.”

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