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Chelsea face the nightmare of a trophy-less season following their Euro exit but Tuchel has shown he is the man to inspire Wembley to rebound

CHELSEA must rise from the canvas this afternoon against Crystal Palace after Real Madrid suffered a crushing knockout blow in the Champions League.

the blues came painfully close to a sensational European comeback for the ages in the Spanish capital on Tuesday, only for the wily eternal champions to find a way to victory.

The Chelsea stars were dejected after their heroic midweek effort was short-lived

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The Chelsea stars were dejected after their heroic midweek effort was short-livedPhoto credit: Rex
Thomas Tuchel has already shown he is the perfect man to pull his stars out of adversity

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Thomas Tuchel has already shown he is the perfect man to pull his stars out of adversityPhoto credit: Rex

Thomas Tuchel’s players were devastated after the final whistle, having narrowly missed out on a historic triumph and giving up their trophy defense in the process.

Antonio Rüdiger screamed into the Madrid sky while Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech seemed to soar before leaving the pitch.

In the FA Cup, the Blues now have one last chance to avoid a trophy-less season – a prospect that seemed disastrous six months ago. Even if it means beating Liverpool in the final.

If it’s any consolation to you Chelsea Fans, their outstanding coach has helped his team overcome worse adversity this season.

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If the The club’s assets were frozen after imposed sanctions Roman Abramovich Last month, it would have been easy for the Russians’ beloved blues to wobble amid rumors of potentially empty stadiums, club shops and even pay-packs.

But how Tuchel reply? By saying the right things, hitting the right notes and inspiring his team to four wins.

He really is that good.

Chelsea were also recovering from a frankly strange game last weekend 4-1 home loss to Brentfordand the first leg defeat too Madridfrom Spanking Southampton 6-0 in your own backyard.

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At Crystal Palace, the Blues meet opponents at the opposite end of the scale from Champions League kings Madrid.

With wide eyes and nothing to lose.

Patrick Viira achieved extraordinary with the Eagles in his first season as manager in England, perfectly executing a much-needed transformation and sending fans dreaming of daring football and, whisper softly, FA Cup glory and the European football that followed.

Not allowing Conor Gallagher to play against his home club is a huge blow, but Vieira has shown enough courage to suggest he will have a decent plan to deal with it.

Chelsea could bounce back from midweek disappointment with a Wembley win, but it’s not just being handed to them by this season’s revamped Palace team.

They must show a character that suits their manager and claim him as their own.

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Bosses have been sacked at Chelsea for trophyless seasons in the past, so brutal was the club’s win-at-any-cost mentality.

But Tuchel has shown he is the man to lead the west Londoners into a new era under new ownership – today’s FA Cup tie is the perfect opportunity to remind potential buyers in what safe hands the club is in , while ensuring they are not allowed to end the season empty-handed.

Old Arsenal nemesis Patrick Vieira stands in the way of Chelsea and a Wembley final

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Old Arsenal nemesis Patrick Vieira stands in the way of Chelsea and a Wembley finalPhoto credit: Reuters

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