Thomas Tuchel breaks Chelsea's four-year Champions League curse and is set for a new record


In the last four attempts at Champions League glory, prior to Thomas Tuchel's arrival, Chelsea had not managed to make it past the round of 16. We all remember the heartache with perfectly capable players in our starting eleven. Back to back Paris Saint-Germain knockouts, followed by Barcelona, then Bayern Munich.

It had reached a point where a finish past the round of 16 was no longer an expectation. That is until Tuchel came to the rescue. He lifted the curse with just a couple of months in charge. Now Chelsea is the reigning Champions of Europe. You just cannot make this up.

This is a Tuchel appreciation article. There's just not enough praise going around for what he's managed to achieve in Europe.

 Chelsea looks to join Real Madrid in the elite group of teams that have won the Champions League back to back. It has been a long journey to success. The last time Chelsea got past the round of 16 was in 2014. They managed to progress to the semi-finals under Jose Mourinho but fell short at the hands of Atletico Madrid.

It felt that much sweeter to hand them their loss and knock them out of the competition in the round of 16 last season. Although I wasn't sure if we would beat the Madrista's, It was a breath of fresh air knowing that we would go into that tie with Tuchel.

At that point, Atletico was sure to be crowned La Liga champions. The nerves of facing them were at an all-time high.

 There was a glimpse of hope with a new manager bounce in full effect at the time, but there was still no expectation of breaking the curse. Fortunately, two legs later, Chelsea was into the quarter-finals, and the route to victory seemed so simple.

Looking into this season, the energy around the Champions League changed. It was no longer the somber feeling of doubt. The consensus amongst the fan base was Chelsea could go all the way again.

 Having drawn Lille in the Champions League after qualifying from group stages, I couldn't imagine a better route into the quarter- final. With all due respect to the French Champions, they have been off the mark all season.

Fluctuating between 6th and 10th in Ligue 1, it would be extremely pessimistic of me to believe that the curse would get the better of us again.

Tuchel now takes Chelsea into their third Champions League quarter-final in 10 years, where they will face Real Madrid. I would like to think that Chelsea can go into any possible fixture and find themselves in the final once again, but I do not want to call it this early.

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