Tuchel: I must balance my emotions with a cool head

Ever since they began occupying opposing technical areas during the recent spate of games between Chelsea and Spurs, comparisons have been made between the energy and actions of Thomas Tuchel and our former boss Antonio Conte as they guide and urge on their respective teams.

Eyes and cameras will be on the pair again at Stamford Bridge today as the Blues aim to continue our winning run against our big London rivals, and how he and Conte act on the sidelines is a subject Tuchel has talked about in the build-up to the latest meeting.

‘It's always clear it is an Antonio Conte team,’ he begins. ‘They play always with a desire to win and always with a huge physical input and a relentless style, and he is like this on the touchline, coaching his teams like this.

‘It is very hard to play against his teams and now we do it for a third time, but it does not affect so much my coaching. You always need to find a good mix between emotions and a cool head. This is on me like it is for the players.

‘You need to know about the importance of the game, to know what it means to the supporters, to know what it means in the league table, but you cannot get carried away by your emotions.

‘For example on Tuesday at Brighton, we were too much involved in our emotions, like frustration, anger or disappointment, and when you play a derby like this against Tottenham or against an emotional guy like Antonio Conte, we cannot play from pure emotions.’

Tuchel emphasises he wants plenty of emotion and the support that generates from the Chelsea fans inside Stamford Bridge today, but he intends to be cool in the decisive moments and keep a clear head, even if he appears animated as he watches on and at times frustrated with what he sees on the pitch.

‘If you want to do better you get sucked into the game,’ he admits, ‘but I don't think the players see that so much when they are playing, they don't hear so much when the stadium is full.

‘But I need also to accept that this is me and it is sometimes easier and sometimes a bit harder to keep calm. It depends on little details. It depends on what I feel and what I also feel is needed, but there’s always room for improvement from everybody.’

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