Ally McCoist has made the big claim that Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side are a match for any team around when they’re in the mood.

Chelsea’s defence of the Champions League ended this week after losing in the quarter-finals to Real Madrid, but they bowed out of the European competition in immense style.

The Blues actually won on the night against Madrid at the Bernabeu, playing the hosts off the park at times. However, the clinical Spanish giants booked their spot in the semis with a 5-4 aggregate success across the two legs.

For Tuchel, he watched his team bounce back from a recent blip to turn in one of their most eye-catching displays of the entire season. It’s perhaps even injected some momentum going into this Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace, too.

TalkSPORT’s McCoist thinks Chelsea can go head-to-head with the very best if they play well.

“They can do it (win this season’s FA Cup). Chelsea, on their day, are as good as anything. They proved it beating [Manchester] City in the Champions League. The League Cup final, which I thought was an unbelievable game of football, I thought Chelsea had slightly the better chances than Liverpool,” McCoist told talkSPORT.

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Chelsea still have quite the bridge to close

Tuchel’s Chelsea have been very competitive in cup competitions, so don’t be surprised to see them end up with an FA Cup success this season.

However, there is still a sizeable gap to the Premier League’s top two sides Man City and Liverpool when it comes to league form.

The Blues are third in the league table and most would recognise them as the clear third best side in the country. It’s going to take another jump to reach the frantic pace of Man City and Liverpool in the league, though.

Hopefully, a change of ownership at Stamford Bridge won’t prevent Tuchel the opportunity to add one or two more to his squad of players to achieve that aim.

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