Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel summarised his side's 2021/22 season this week following their FA Cup final defeat to Liverpool last Saturday.
The Blues have won both the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup this year while making two domestic cup finals, losing both on penalties to Liverpool.
Speaking ahead of his side's midweek trip to Leicester on Thursday, the German tactician was tasked with summarising his side's season so far.
“The season is not yet finished but of course, I refuse to judge the season by two penalty shoot-outs," he said at his side's pre-match press conference. "If we won penalty shoot-outs it would be maybe one of the most successful seasons with four titles.
"Okay, we lost two penalty shoot-outs, that does not make it less impressive what effort the team put in and what success we installed to reach these finals.
"We are the first to admit it is not the same to play a final as it is to win a final. We are the first ones to admit that we are here to win trophies, we compete on this kind of level not just to compete but to win.
"It’s a bit like an imbalance in judging this season given the circumstances starting from a unique season again, struggled with Corona and long-term injuries then comes a situation that nobody could predict.
"A war that had a huge effect on our club in particular, so in the end I think it’s always the most important to look in the mirror after a season and find out if you gave everything, if everybody lived to their fullest.
"We did this. That’s why I also told the team after the cup final that I am okay and proud of how we played cup finals and go toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the world at the moment, given our situation of how we arrived there and how we played there. That will not change.
Tuchel then went on to discuss what the upcoming season could look like following the recent sanctions that Chelsea have struggled with.
"There’s always room for improvement, we are the first to admit it. We arrived in this cup game with key players already out, players not available, N’Golo and Mateo with one or only half a training session.
"Taking this into account with the club sanctions, there are a lot of things that are quite impressive. Hopefully we manage to become third. There is progression in it.
"We have constantly been in the top three in the toughest league, we now compete with maybe the best teams to ever play in this league. From there we go.
"Put it into perspective, there is no need to lose sleep after this season but there’s a lot of ambition in us that is not satisfied. From there we go. I think it’s good to admit it.
"Not be too worried about it that we don’t do this. It is at some level okay, maybe some level very good but there is always room for improvement. We will not relax and give in too early."