Thomas Tuchel disagrees with Mauricio Pochettino on major Chelsea verdict ahead of Juventus tie

The German led Chelsea to their second Champions League crown last season does not rank the Blues as one of the main contenders for the trophy this time around.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has suggested that he does not rank his side as one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season.

The Blues head into their second group game against Juventus as reigning champions, having beaten Manchester City in Porto at the end of the last season for just their second European crown.

Chelsea got the defence of their title off to the best possible start during matchday one.

Despite that, Tuchel has suggested that he does not see his side as being one of the favourites to repeat their success, although some are still touting the Blues to challenge once more

Talking in his pre match conference ahead of a clash with Italian giants Juventus, he said: “We have the experience that there’s a higher value to play against us, there’s a higher motivation to play against us.

“We have to accept this, it’s our fault: we have won this competition.

It’s no secret we like this role to come from an outsider or challenger for this title, which we still are. I don’t think we are the favourites but we showed everybody the performances we’re capable of.

And that’s now on us, it’s very important that we make ourselves free from these expectations, and these expectations do not become our expectations and we stay realistic that we have absolutely clear from us what we demand from us.”

One of those to have given his backing to Chelsea ahead of the campaign was former Tottenham and current Paris Saint-Germain Mauricio Pochettino.

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