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Chelsea: Tuchel happy at The Bridge but cools new contract talks

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says he is content at the club but has brushed off speculation that he is ready to sign a new deal beyond 2024.

The German was brought into the club midway through last season following the dismissal of former player Frank Lampard and he made an astonishing impact in such a short space of time.

Chelsea were floundering but not only did he guide them to a top-four finish, he helped them win their second ever Champions League title after a 1-0 win against Premier League rivals Manchester City.

This season has not been so smooth and following a run of one win in six matches, they find themselves 13 points adrift of City at the top of the table - meaning they are now priced at a massive 50/1 to reclaim the title.

Tuchel: "I can make it"

As ridiculous as it sounds, despite winning the biggest prize in club football only eight months ago, there have been one or two whispers about Tuchel's future due to their league placing.

Recent form has not been good - aside from a 3-1 triumph away at Aston Villa, Chelsea have not won in six games and have dropped points against the likes of struggling Everton and Bruno Lage's Wolves.

They did show spirit and resolve incoming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Liverpool, but that result opened the gap further at the top as Manchester City race away.

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Injuries have not helped the situation at Chelsea but Tuchel's penchant for chopping and changing may not be doing him too many favours.

Then, there is of course the Romelu Lukaku situation - the Belgian striker's unsanctioned interview with Sky in Italy
pronouncing his love for Inter Milan and desire to return one day has not helped his current boss in the slightest.

All those factors mean Tuchel's job is becoming more and more difficult but the German has vowed to carry on trying to get results and insist he is only thinking about the present.

"I think I have a contract until 2024," he said. "Let's try to stay as long as this contract says, because the history tells us that it's not that easy.

"But I feel very confident today that I can make it, I don't want to be anywhere else. I feel very happy and let's see what's going on.

"But we both know and everybody else knows what you need. You need results and I'm responsible for creating an atmosphere that gives us the results."

1Man City  56
2Liverpool  45
3Chelsea  43
4West Ham  37

A ruthless business

Tuchel's position apparently being under pressure is a further indication of how difficult management in the top flight can be and how ruthless the industry is.

Rafael Benitez became the latest victim on Sunday as he was shown the door following a poor 2-1 loss away at relegation-threatened Norwich on Saturday.

He was only in charge for seven months but the board decided that the experiment wasn't working and now they will be looking for a new manager.

The same happened to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United earlier in the season and already his successor Ralf Rangnick is coming under pressure due to a lack of positive results, despite the fact he is due to head upstairs once this season has concluded.

Tuchel isn't facing quite as many questions but he must wary that is working under one of the most ruthless bosses in football.

Roman Abramovich has never been afraid to pull the trigger and it is a strategy that has worked during his near 20-year reign as Chelsea owner.

The German has the chance to ally those fears as his side travel to Brighton on Tuesday - the Blues are priced at 8/11 to win with Brighton 15/4, and a draw available at 11/4.

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