Thomas Tuchel has warned Chelsea can still be more lethal in the final third after booking their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
The Blues swept aside Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, sealing a 3-0 aggregate win back at Stamford Bridge through goals on the night from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri.
Chelsea were in control throughout the contest with Luis Suarez substituted after 58 minutes, unable to find a way through a resilient defence.
Both goals came through fine counter attacking moves but Tuchel still sees that as an area where his side can improve going forward, eager to see his side grow more clinical in the latter stages of the competition.
‘We need to improve in counter attacks, the first contact after we win the ball when we implement more forward thinking to exploit space,’ Tuchel told a post-match press conference.
‘We are a hard-working team and a hard working team is the best team you can have as a coach.
‘We want to be more clinical and with precise decision making with counter attacks. We are still lacking the last pass.’
Tuchel continued: ‘From here we go on, we take it step by step, we encourage them as we have seen many good things since the first training [session] and the first game.
‘We have had so many good habits. It is my job to play my part, no more, no less.’
Chelsea join Manchester City and Liverpool in Friday’s quarter-final draw.
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Author: Tony Mogan