'What are you on about?': Jason Cundy stunned by ex-Chelsea striker's claim about Thomas Tuchel

Jason Cundy totally refuted Carlton Cole’s labelling of Thomas Tuchel’s first year in charge of Chelsea as ‘lucky’.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the two former Blues came to blows over Cole’s suggestion there was an element of good fortune to Tuchel’s Champions League triumph.

Story of the Champions League run

Each and every Chelsea fan will be well aware that last season’s European adventure was far from a fluke.

Having safely progressed through the group stages under Frank Lampard, the team embarked on their mission to reach the final, with very few giving them a hope of getting there.

Especially as the first opponents that awaited them in the elimination stage was Atletico Madrid, wily masters of the competition.

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The meeting in Romania marked only Tuchel’s eighth game at the helm and arguably his biggest test yet.

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He passed the examination with flying colours.

Olivier Giroud’s delightful bicycle kick ultimately settled the tie, but Chelsea were well worth their 1-0 win.

They dismantled Atletico at Stamford Bridge a few weeks later, setting up a quarter-final meeting with Porto.

Again, the Blues dominated their adversary in the opening leg, allowing them breathing room in the reverse fixture, which they lost 1-0, just Tuchel’s second defeat as the club’s coach.

Few would feel confident challenging the 13-time European winner Real Madrid in the semi-final, yet Chelsea rode a wave of optimism into the game and didn’t crash back down to earth until the two ties were completed.

After drawing 1-1 in Spain, another Spanish side faced an onslaught back at the Bridge.

A 2-0 loss was kind on Madrid; it could’ve and perhaps should’ve been double the deficit.

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This set up an all-Premier League finale; we don’t need to remind you what happened next in the Estadio do Dragao.

Cundy takes on Cole

However, despite swashbuckling through the tournament with relative ease, to then beat arguably the best outfit of the last decade in Manchester City, Cole still described Tuchel’s maiden term as fortuitous.  

“We can say the first year, bit lucky,” said the ex-Chelsea striker.

“Hold on, what do you mean?” Cundy responded adamantly.

“He didn’t get them to the Champions League final,” Cole continued.

“What are you on about?

“Half of the job was already done.

“Frank did a great job getting us out of the group, he got us out of the group. After that, we had to beat both Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid.

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“They weren’t great teams at the time, were they.”

It’s safe to say no luck was involved whilst Chelsea become champions of the continent.

However, they could do with a fate going their way in order to regain a grip on the league table.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.