Will O'Callaghan
Will O'Callaghan

16.20 26 Feb 2021


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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says there's no doubting Sunday's Premier League clash with Manchester United is huge for both sides.

Victory for fifth-place Chelsea would move them into the top four, just three points behind second placed United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Red Devils haven't lost on the road in the league since January 2020, ahead of the Stamford Bridge clash - which is live on Off The Ball this Sunday.

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"Hopefully we can win - this is what we go for," Tuchel said this afternoon. "We know it's a big challenge because of their unbeaten away record.

"We know what we're up against; a team that can hurt you any second with individual quality, with speed. They are strong away, they can defend very compact, they are very, very good in transition. It will be a big challenge to defend all this.

"The implication is huge, of course. If we get a win out of this game it's huge for us. If they get a win it will be huge for them, to put a difference between us."

Tuchel has already faced them twice this season when he was in charge of Paris Saint-Germain.

"We played against them in the Champions League - we unfortunately lost both home matches and could win both away games. Pretty strange results.

"We hope that we can turn this around and win at home, but they are still unbeaten away from home in the Premier League. The challenge is big because they like to have space, play on counter attacks, to use their speed and absorb your speed.

"But it helps a lot because we played two consecutive years against them and they were tough matches. We will use that knowledge and prepare our team."


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