Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has told fans and supporters of the club not to mount pressure on the team with so much expectations when the Blues host Lille in the Champions League round of sixteen at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Although the Blues have performed below expectations in the Premier League in recent games, they have continued to do well in the Champions League and other cup competitions.
Chelsea recently claimed the Club World Cup trophy in Abu Dhabi and welcome Lille to Stamford on Tuesday as they continue their Champions League title defence.
Tuchel noted that games are now becoming more difficult to win as the season progresses, adding that fans must accept this fact.
“I think it is very important for us in this moment to be realistic and not over-expect from us,” he told the press on Monday ahead of Chelsea game against Lille.
“Once we accept that, it is the first step to feel a certain freedom and to become better, that we don’t over-expect.
“We should not expect too much about how big others see us and if we are the favourites against Lille, just accept it is a phase where things feel a bit tight and a bit more difficult than in other times.
“We will accept it and this is the situation for the match on Tuesday. First of all we play at Stamford Bridge and we are confident to have a good performance because we deliver on a high level in knock-out matches, cup matches, Champions League matches.”