Tuchel took charge halfway through the campaign last season before leading Chelsea to the title.
"It never was a problem for me to accept the work from Frank [Lampard] to get Chelsea out of the group stage," he replied at today's presser for their clash with Zenit tomorrow night.
"This was the situation when I came in. It still feels like my title. It does not feel like half a Champions League that I have won.
"It felt in this moment like my team, that we are together and this does not mean we deny the work and effort that Frank did. I don't feel like I have anything personally to prove by getting out of the group stage.
"We fight for any competition we play in always for the maximum outcome. That is three points. That might sound super-boring but it is the way it is. Hopefully I can prove to you all that I can make it all the way (through the competition)."
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