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Chelsea would be MAD to let Thomas Tuchel go even if Blues don’t win anything this season, says legend Glenn Hoddle

GLENN HODDLE says Chelsea would be crazy to ditch Thomas Tuchel if he finishes this season without adding to his trophy case.

The Blues welcome Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night in the first leg of their quarter-finals game in the Champions League ahead of next Tuesday’s second leg at the Bernabeu.

Glenn Hoddle says Chelsea would be upset about getting rid of Thomas Tuchel

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Glenn Hoddle says Chelsea would be upset about getting rid of Thomas TuchelPhoto credit: AFP
Hoddle says the Blues shouldn't even think about letting him go

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Hoddle says the Blues shouldn’t even think about letting him goPhoto credit: Getty

five days later Chelsea can book an FA Cup final spot for the third straight season if they beat Crystal Palace in the semi-finals at Wembley.

But 14 points down in the title race, Chelsea’s season would be effectively over before mid-April if they fail to advance in any competition.

still hoddle, Blues boss from 1993 to 1996, said: “Chelsea have one of the best managers in Europe. Why would you even think about letting him go?

“They are third now and will play in the Champions League next season.

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“And if they don’t win a trophy, they still have the right jockey on the horse.

“It doesn’t always mean the horse wins, but he’s been excellent on and off the court – and he will continue to do so.

“The problem sometimes is that as a manager you have to be careful when setting standards.

“If you do what he did and won the Champions League in his first six months on the job, you have to live with it every time.

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“It also gives him a bit of leeway and there’s certainly no reason why he can’t win that again, as can the FA Cup.

“They have all their players who are shooting now and they are all fit. They are still a very good team and they should be favorites to beat Madrid.”

Tuchel, 48, already has it won the Super Cup and the Club World Cup in the last eight months.

But he will still be keen to show the club’s soon-to-be-appointed new owners that he’s the right man to lead them – at least until his contract expires in 2024.

A embarrassing 4-1 home loss to Brentford at the weekend shows how far Chelsea are from a consistent title fight against Liverpool and Manchester City.

But Hoddle believes the west London giants would be challenging for the Premier League crown had Covid not called at Stamford Bridge.

the previous England The boss cites the breakout in the club over the holidays as a critical factor.

He added: “Tuchel would have challenged the front two if they hadn’t been hit hard by Covid, first in the backline and then in midfield.

“If the pieces of the puzzle aren’t there, you can’t challenge. But they are good enough.”

the £97.5m purchase of Romelu Lukaku Last summer should be the final piece of the puzzle.

Romelu Lukaku has found himself outside the squad in recent weeks

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Romelu Lukaku has found himself outside the squad in recent weeksCredit: Alamy

But the club record attempt to sign him from Inter Milan has so far backfired on both the player and the club.

The Belgium striker last started in a Prem game on February 19 and has played just 56 league minutes off the bench since then, with Tuchel favouring Kai Havertz.

Hoddle explained, “Havertz just played better than Lukaku to be honest and has a little bit more subtlety in his game.

“Lukaku is a little problem for Tuchel – he doesn’t know exactly what to do with him.

“Everything has gone wrong with his form and injuries since he did that interview with Italian media. He needs to look at himself in the mirror and change his mindset.

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“Lukaku needs playtime and he doesn’t get it because he doesn’t deserve it. It’s an easy decision for Tuchel at the moment. He sees no reaction from him.

“A lot of things are happening at the club that need to be sorted out right now, and Lukaku’s future is one of them.”

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