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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed his targets for next season, and insists that he is planning for a fast start to the year.
The Blues can secure their place in the top four with a win over Aston Villa on Sunday, while the Champions League final awaits them next weekend.
But Tuchel is already thinking about next season it seems, having outlined his ambitions for after the summer, and explaining how he sees the race for the top four going over the next 12 months.
"We want to be in there in the middle of it, not behind that, we want to be in the middle of it from the first day, of course, but there are always reasons for different scenarios," he said.
"Next season's target is to start good, to improve and to be consistent, because we can produce high-level performances.
"Don't get me wrong, you need luck in this game. You need luck with not having injuries, or sometimes getting a result and starting a momentum where maybe it hits the post and it creates the opposite.
"Next season Leicester, Tottenham and all these clubs will not stop fighting for a place in top four.
"Everybody wants to be safe, ideally some days before the last day in the league but you never know what can happen. You have to adapt if difficulties come up.
"We needed to respond to adversity and to difficulties, and we will try to iron out these big difficulties. I cannot promise we can do so, but we will try."
Ahead of the crucial fixture with Villa, Tuchel insists that he has no fears about not picking up the right results because his side have prepared the right way.
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"There's no fear because we trust ourselves, and we are aware of the danger," the German added.
"We were aware of the danger from Leicester, and now we are aware of the danger that that can come from Aston Villa, with [Ollie] Watkins and [Jack] Grealish, and [Bertrand] Traore on the side, and high-energy guys in midfield.
"We will prepare, we trust our skills, and we will have no fear. Then we will see what's the end of it. We have all the right to arrive with self-confidence and genuine belief and trust, and this is what we will do."
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