'Thomas won’t’: Brendan Rodgers makes claim about Tuchel after Leicester's loss last night
Brendan Rodgers rightly suggested that Thomas Tuchel will not be pleased with Chelsea’s current Premier League position.
Speaking after Leicester City’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool last night, Rodgers admitted only Manchester City would be content with their present predicament.
State of play in the Premier League
Pep Guardiola’s machine have conquered pretty much everything put in front of them this season.
Before drawing with Southampton last month, City had won 12 top-flight fixtures on the bounce, thus affirming their status at the summit of the mountain.
In that period, the most likely challengers for the league crown fell away somewhat.
Especially Chelsea, who dropped points far too regularly to relinquish their place at the top of the table.
The 1-0 defeat at the Etihad for the European champions pretty much diminished any chances of a three-horse race.
Liverpool arguably remain the only hope of making the title chase interesting.
Jurgen Klopp’s team are nine points behind City with a game in hand, following Thursday’s win over Leicester.
Even then, the gap appears too wide for the Reds to tighten sufficiently.
City the only ones smiling, says Rodgers
Guardiola can continue to look down upon the rest of the division with a glint in his eye.
“I think every team other than Man City won’t be happy. That’s the reality of it,” admitted Rodgers when asked about his side’s status.
“If you ask every manager are you happy, I think Man City would probably say, Pep would probably say, yeah I’m quite happy.
“Jurgen won’t because he’ll want to be top. Thomas won’t because he’ll want to be top.
“We are sort of round mid-table; we want to be there. And the teams at the bottom certainly don’t want to be there.”
For Rodgers, the scene is not a pleasant one.
Leicester haven’t won in the league since December, with their campaign virtually over before it’s properly begun.
They are out of the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Europa League, meaning the Europa Conference League is all that’s left to fight for.
The Foxes aren’t going to get relegated, nor will they probably finish in the top six, so it’s a strange time for the 2015 Premier League champions.
Meanwhile, Chelsea might have waved goodbye to the league, but they could potentially end the term with four items of silverware under their belt.
Having already secured UEFA Super Cup glory, the Blues contest the Club World Cup final tomorrow, the Carabao Cup finale this month and continue their FA Cup and Champions League journeys soon.
It’s not all doom and gloom at Stamford Bridge after all.