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Chelsea boss Tuchel: Champions League no priority

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel insists the Champions League is no priority for him.

On the eve of his side's last-16 first leg against Atletico Madrid, his answer as to whether Chelsea's Champions League campaign will take precedence this season was perhaps surprising.

"No. My priority is the next game we play," stated the German.

"That has never been different and hopefully will never change because it's exactly what I expect from my players and my teams: that when we wear a Chelsea shirt, we play a Chelsea game and that means we play to win and give 100 per cent of effort and intensity.

"It's very nice and exciting to play Champions League games in the knockout stages but there is no preference."

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