Thomas Tuchel has said he will prepare his Chelsea side to give all it takes to win the Club World Cup, a trophy in which the Blues are yet to get our hands on.

We last competed in the Club World Cup in 2012 but a narrow 1-0 loss to Corinthians in Japan ensured heartbreak for Rafa Benitez’s Blues, and Tuchel has spoken of his desire to go one step further this time around.

‘I have to say once you are in it you are pretty excited,’ the Bavarian said when asked how he feels ahead of the competition in February. ‘Once you are not in it, it is a competition that has not the highest focus on and highest value. It seems like this in Europe, or only for me.

‘But once you are in it and you start planning it and you see it coming on the horizon is it quite exciting.’

Since the inaugural competition in 2000, only two English clubs have won the Club World Cup – Manchester United and recently Liverpool – and it is a fantastic opportunity to take our European trophy tally to nine – which includes two Champions Leagues.

Speaking of the chance to win his third trophy since being named Chelsea boss in January 2021, Tuchel said he is excited to potentially return from Abu Dhabi with an ‘extraordinary’ prize.

‘It is a big opportunity to win an extraordinary trophy which is far from daily business and that is why we will do anything to take the chance to make it happen.’