The German heads into Saturday’s clash with Manchester City knowing nothing but victory will effectively end his hopes of winning the Premier League.
City are 10 points clear at the top, meaning even a win at Chelsea would leave Tuchel a mountain to climb to roll back Pep Guardiola’s champions.
Having conquered Europe within four months of taking charge at Stamford Bridge last season, the former Paris Saint-Germain manager was set to offer a real challenge to City this season.
But Chelsea’s title bid plummeted after an alarming slump in December saw them squander a six-point lead at the top.
When asked if it would be a failure not to win the title, Tuchel said: “If we weren’t now sitting in a press conference, I would say yes. It would also be like ‘Argh, we should have , argh.’
“I don’t know if we can do it within 18 months or whatever, it depends on a lot of factors. But, yes, yes, I want to win the Premier League with Chelsea. A clear yes.
“Will I be miserable for the rest of my life if we can’t do this? Maybe not, but I’d be absolutely pissed at myself if we didn’t try.
“So we’ll try and won’t hide that’s the goal. But on the same side, once you’ve achieved it, you want to have it again.
Guardiola has dominated English football since joining City in 2016 – but has been criticized for failing to deliver the Champions League.
Tuchel won it at the expense of the Catalan last May, with a 1-0 victory in the final at Porto.
“The Champions League is more like a tournament, more knockout games. You need a bit of luck in the draw maybe if a team suits you well or you have the momentum,” he said. -he declares.
“But it’s the toughest tournament in the world that you can play in while the Premier League is the toughest league. I don’t think you can compare them because they’re so different. I have the desire to 100% to win the Premier League with Chelsea.”