Thomas Tuchel targets ‘top quality’ transfers to Chelsea to ‘close the gap’ with Man City and Liverpool in the Premier League | Football news
Thomas Tuchel is delighted to have completed the signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City but says Chelsea must continue to bring in “top quality” to compete for the Premier League title.
blues signed a £47.5m deal on Wednesday to add Sterling into their squad and, speaking to Sky Sports News, Tuchel describes himself as “super happy”, explaining that the England striker would be a “huge improvement” for the Chelsea team.
The London club are also preparing to arrest Kalidou Koulibaly, with the Napoli centre-back in the capital for treatment. after the clubs agreed on a fee of around £32m.
However, the Chelsea head coach has made it clear that Chelsea – who have seen big-name players such as Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Romelu Lukaku leave this summer – will have to keep bringing in players. big signings if they have to compete with Man City and Liverpool. top title next season.
“The stakes are high and we are not only competing against the best teams that have ever played in the Premier League, but also the best coaches,” Tuchel said.
“If you [then] Look at the transfer period and the quality of the manager at Tottenham, if you see the same thing at Arsenal, at Man Utd, we know what the challenge is. It’s the hardest challenge you can [have].
“We come from sanctions, we come from losing top quality players, key players, we are a club in transition, in transition. ownership, we were behind in the transfer race and we were behind the table, so we have things to improve on.
“The signing of Raheem shows what we can do, it shows the club’s ambition and ownership and it’s good because we’re all here to win and compete.
“We love to play and we like the challenge at the top. Because of that, we need to sign new quality players or else there won’t be a chance.”
Tuchel describes his relationship with co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali as “very close and tense” right now, with the pair assisting the head coach with transfers in the unlikely event has a permanent sports director.
The German said the trio are focused on bringing in the best players possible to combine with the current squad and emerging young talent at the club.
“It starts with analyzing last season, our performance, our squad, where we think we need to improve and can improve,” Tuchel explained of the recruitment process. .
“It’s no secret that we’ve lost top players and we need to replace them. Even if they’ve stayed we need to improve to close the gap so now we need more than that. .
“We have top players and even more importantly we have a top team. But if we’re bringing in players we need top quality with top characters and then we need to have top players. you are talking about the best people playing this game.
“What we will never forget is the mix because what makes Chelsea special is the number of players in the academy and we will never hesitate to give them responsibility and push them because It’s the combination of it that makes me a special and exciting coach. And part of it and this is the way to go.”
Tuchel declined to comment on links to Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and said signing another striker was “not a priority” now that Sterling has been added to the squad. Instead, his focus is on Chelsea’s backline.
“I won’t rule it out [signing another striker] but right now it’s not a priority. The priority right now is defense, it’s no secret. From there, we need to see what can happen,” said Tuchel.
“We are competing against two top teams but Tottenham have had a very active and aggressive transfer period and early in the transfer window they could have the strongest squad they’ve ever had with one of the coaches. The best coach in the world, Man Utd never shy away from signing. A new coach and Arsenal already have some big signings so we need to maintain our level to be competitive.”
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