‘I think after that when Edou caught the ball and the referee blew the whistle, there were a lot of emotions going on. I can’t describe it but it was a very special feeling.
‘I don’t think anybody expected us to win it, but we believed, we fought really hard, we worked hard, and of course that night will be forever in my mind. Every time I see videos, photos, I still have this feeling, but you cannot live in the past. That is something that is done and of course we will fight to get the third one.’
Tuchel, who started by apologising for being underdressed in his club tracksuit and not being able to stay to join the fans for the rest of the party due to tomorrow’s match, had plenty of kind words to say about his skipper, saying he knew things would go well at Chelsea as soon as he met the Spaniard.
‘I had in January the talks with Marina, with Petr, which was nice. People picked me up from the airport, everything was organised, from end to end a nice club,’ he explained. ‘When I sat down in my new office, one of the first people to come in was Azpi.
‘He knocked at the door with a big smile and was a very open and humble character. Then you get a very warm feeling as a coach, that everything will be absolutely okay if this guy is the captain.’
It has been a fantastic week both on and off the pitch for the Blues after winning Club of the Year at the Ballon d’Or ceremony on Monday evening, as well as Jorginho and Edouard Mendy picking up individual awards, before following up with three points at Vicarage Road on Wednesday.
Matchwinner Hakim Ziyech also trained well at our Cobham training base, along with the likes of Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Head coach Thomas Tuchel has ruled out Trevoh Chalobah, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell for the visit to the London Stadium tomorrow – all through injury.
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Our squad will be boosted by the return of striker Pernille Harder and defender Aniek Nouwen after injury, while in-form Australia striker Sam Kerr is ‘fit and ready to go’ despite all the travelling during the international break.
‘Pernille is fit to be involved,’ Hayes confirmed. ‘It’s great Aniek is back as well. Both of those are big additions to our team and we have six games in three days so we will need everybody. We need an impact from the bench.’
But defender Maren Mjelde is not likely to feature after recently returning from a serious knee injury.
‘We still need to be careful with Maren,’ Hayes added. ‘She had an almost career-ending injury. We will continue to bring her back slowly. She still needs a little bit more time. Maren for the long term is far more valuable than Maren immediately. I don’t expect Maren to feature this weekend.’
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As the boss pointed out, it was not so much that his team were poorer when it came to direct one-on-one contests with their Hornet rivals across the pitch, it was that they did not manage to create enough of those contests in the first place.
As a consequence, the pressure Watford were able to put us under resulted in Chelsea players being called upon to make 40 clearances from the danger area, contrasting with Watford’s nine. Twelve of our clearances were by Toni Rudiger. Claudio Ranieri’s side won six corners to our none.
While the Blues did win more duels, aerials contests and tackles than our opponents, it was not to the degree Tuchel is used to seeing from his table-toppers, and possession was split 50-50 between the teams pretty much throughout the game.
It’s the people behind the scenes who do the service for the teams and who work hard every day, the people who the fans have never heard of but they do everything in their ability to support the teams and the club to have that success.
It’s recognition for everyone and the players really are the icing on the cake. Of course, they are also the decisive factor in whether we are successful or not but all these people behind the scenes have to make their effort to make everything possible so it’s a great achievement for everyone.
Above and beyond
At Watford it was a very demanding game for the medical team, not only on the pitch with a few clashes and an injury and they were constantly coming on, but also with the incident in the stand where our doctors were quickly there and they helped to save the life of the fan.
This is what it’s all about, that everybody is ready when needed and it’s nice to know that you have people around you who can always find solutions for problems.