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Tuchel on the last chance to wake up, early consequences of summer exits and showing no fear of injuries ahead of FA Cup final

With four games of the season remaining and plenty still to fight for, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has suggested that now is the time to resettle and ensure the campaign ends in the right way.

Chelsea have won just one of our past five matches in the Premier League, leaving the door ajar for chasers Arsenal and Tottenham to close the gap in the race for the final two Champions League positions.

The Gunners are just a point behind Tuchel’s men following recent results, while Spurs are a further four back, and the two north London sides meet at the Emirates on Thursday evening. That clash means we could re-establish safe ground as we head to Elland Road to take on Leeds United 24 hours earlier.

In the build-up, Tuchel has reflected on our recent run of stuttering performances, which have seen us take five points from the last 15 available, including two dropped last time out at home to Wolves.

It is not the way that departing players such as Antonio Rudiger, who has confirmed his summer exit, want to sign off and the Chelsea head coach admits that those decisions may have had some unintended consequences.

‘I’m absolutely convinced that they want to [end the season strongly] but maybe they underestimated the impact of these decisions signing for other clubs,’ he reflected.

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