Thomas Tuchel says no one wants to play against Chelsea after they dispatched La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16
Thomas Tuchel is confident that his new-look Chelsea are strong enough to go all the way in the Champions League.
Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri both scored as Chelsea beat 10-man Atletico Madrid 2-0 in Wednesday’s round of 16 second-leg match at Stamford Bridge.
The London club knocked out La Liga leaders 3-0 on aggregate to qualify for their first Champions League quarter-final since 2014, with Tuchel still unbeaten in his first 13 matches, a new club record.
Tuchel praised his squad’s team spirit and dedication as the key to their European chances, and he insisted Chelsea must not fear any team in the competition.
"The most important is that we feel we deserve this," said Tuchel. "The most important is that we give the feedback for the guys what they did here in terms of quality and intensity.
"They play with a special bond and performances and results like this give you a certain edge and glue to achieve special things. You can only achieve this through results and experiences. You need to feel it.
"I'm pretty sure no one wants to play against us. It's a super-difficult challenge ahead because we are already in the last eight.
"It's a big step, but no need to be afraid, we take what we get and prepare as best as possible."
Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic was sent off late in the match for elbowing Toni Rudiger on the chest in an off-the-ball incident.
Chelsea dominated the La Liga side in one of the best European performances by an English side, the blues have kept 11 clean sheets in 13 games without defeat since Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard.