Thomas Tuchel said there was no time to celebrate despite Chelsea claiming a crucial win over Liverpool in the race for the top four.
Tuchel is proving to be the right man for the job after continuing his positive start to life as Chelsea manager. He is yet to taste defeat after his first 10 games in charge.
Visiting defending champions Liverpool seemed like it would have been a tougher test, but it was a relatively comfortable evening for Chelsea.
Mason Mount scored the only goal of the game to propel Chelsea into the top four. It left his manager delighted with the bravery and courage shown by the players.
Tuchel told Sky Sports: “We played with courage, had excellent moments with the ball, had moments we needed to suffer. Never lost the attitude and desire and a deserved win and big performance.
“It was a very good team performance. They ask you a lot of questions and we need to have the answers.
“Everyone was very brave and everyone was sharp.”
Tuchel spoke before the game about how it would not be absolutely decisive to the final standings. Afterwards, he once again insisted that Chelsea cannot afford to relent in the race for Champions League football.
He continued: “It is a six-point game because the others lose.
“The race is on, there are still 11 games to go. We go step by step. We can never rest and never celebrate, there is no time.”
Klopp reacts to tight game
Opposite number and German compatriot Jurgen Klopp thought Liverpool played their part in a “tight game”, but knew deep down they had to do better.
“The individual quality of Mason Mount in that moment made the difference,” he told Sky Sports.
“It was a tight game, intense game. Both teams invested a lot. That is it pretty much.
“They had the goal they scored which was offside. The second half another counter attack, we had more situations around, the great one with Sadio Mane and other situations where we did not score.
“You have to defend differently and we didn’t do well there. There are a lot of things out there you have to consider.”