Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel quickly suppressed any idea that his team would have one foot in the Carabao Cup final.
The German saw his team dominate the first leg of the semi-finals and win 2-0 at Stamford Bridge before returning on Wednesday.
When asked if he felt the Blues have a foot at Wembley, he said, “I would say we don’t have feet in the final.
Thomas Tuchel wants to beware of complacency in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg
Thiago Silva (left) and N’Golo Kante are available but the game is unlikely to begin
“We don’t have to lose energy when we think about having one foot in the final. We play a good team and a top, top coach. Not half a foot or a foot why lose energy when you think about it?
“We have to be aware of everything and adapt to situations. We want to control it while attacking as much as possible. We forget the first game and do it again. ‘
And when asked how he can help Chelsea fend off complacency, the coach added: “We have to trust ourselves and prepare properly, always at the top, respecting the competition and our opponents. It is our duty to be prepared.
“I have confidence in my staff and players. We got a good result because we played a good game, but now we’re starting from scratch. ‘
Tuchel insists his team have no leg in the semi-finals of the competition
Chelsea have practically the same squad at their disposal as they did when they won their FA Cup over the weekend, although N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva are out of isolation and expected to return to training.
Tuchel added: “I’ll have to wait and see if Thiago and Kante are in training. It’s a gamble if we do how much responsibility we can take on.”
Kepa Arrizabalaga is expected to start again with Edouard Mendy in goal at Senegal at AFCON and Tuchel says he has never seen the Spaniard as anything but an exemplary professional.
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He continued, “I haven’t seen Kepa nervous or jealous for a single day. I’ve never seen him not be happy for his colleague.
“The good thing is that everyone has a very real trust and I felt the same about them, he is very calm and focused.
“He doesn’t have to show that he’s capable in these 90 minutes, we trust him and it’s not easy to be a goalkeeper. We are so happy to have him.” No additional speech from me. ‘
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