Thomas Tuchel admits he and his players are having to work hard to stay positive ahead of facing Wolverhampton Wanderers, given the disappointment of not getting the win against Everton, but is enjoying being involved in English football’s hectic Christmas schedule after admiring the tradition from afar.

The Blues travel to Molineux for our next Premier League fixture on Sunday in a difficult situation, after winning two of our last six matches in all competitions, even if we have only lost once during that same period.

The dropped points in last night’s 1-1 home draw with Everton were particularly hard to take, given our near total superiority over our opponents for the majority of the game. Tuchel admits it is difficult to get over, with the result so fresh in our memories, but they are trying hard to look at the positives from the game as we move forward.

‘It’s always very hard to feel it because we are very disappointed with the result,’ he said. ‘Still we are trying hard not to accept the result in analysing the match and the performance, because it is a clear win for us. Obviously it’s not and then everybody, because we are competitive, because we want to have the proof of our performance in the result, it’s easy to doubt, it’s easy to be emotional, it’s easy to let disappointment take over.

‘But at the same time we have to accept that we played a very good match of football, we created a lot of chances and got punished. It happens in the moment and still there are good signs and there are good behaviours and there is good data and there is good energy. Look at the pure joy when we scored, how the team was celebrating, how everybody felt this relief and the effort we put in.

‘If we continue to put the effort in, we will get the outcome. There is no alternative than to give everything and there is no guarantee for results, so we will keep on pushing for the maximum effort and for the maximum input. It’s not that easy only one day after the game to brush it all off your shoulders, but we’re in the middle of the process.’

It seems a long time ago since the last time we faced Wolves, when they were Tuchel’s first opponents as Chelsea head coach at the end of January, in a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.

While the German is obviously pleased with what he has achieved in west London during that time, especially the togetherness that has formed at the club, he insists his focus is only on the future, starting with preparing for another difficult match against Wolves on Sunday.

‘There have been a lot of games since then. Of course we had a big achievement in terms of a trophy, but the achievement is always living in the moment and pushing the moment to the limit. The achievement is to be part of this club and everybody feeling valued and be a part of this club, that is what makes me happy.

‘It’s nice that we have some games under our belts, some victories and even a big title, but it is not the moment to reflect on it. At the moment we are in the middle of brushing this result off our shoulders, staying positive and finding an 11 that is competitive enough to hopefully win the match against Wolves, because it’s a tough one.

‘They had a rough start to the season and recovered from there. They’re very disciplined with a clear structure and it’s very hard to break down their defensive line, very hard to create chances against them. We need to be very careful of their speed and individual quality up front, so there are a lot of things to focus on and it will be a big task for us.’

Having arrived at Chelsea in January, this is the first time Tuchel has experienced the demands of the festive schedule in English football, as the games come thick and fast during a period when other countries are relaxing on a winter break.

However, it is an experience our head coach seems excited about, having enjoyed watching it from afar before moving to England, even if he is in no doubts about the difficulties it will present to him and his players.

‘For me it’s the first time. Normally I was on a short break and a short holiday when I worked in Germany or France and I switched on the TV and was so happy to see there was football going on at that kind of level. So I think it’s very unique and I love to be in the middle of it, to be honest.

‘It is very tiring, it makes you fatigued. It’s not always the most pleasant thing, but at the same time it is because this is where you want to be. Here we have high-level games through the period when everybody else is used to having a break and the English tradition is to play football. Honestly I love it and I think it’s very unique.’

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