‘We need new quality players… or there’s NO CHANCE’: Thomas Tuchel demands MORE Chelsea signings to follow £47.5m Raheem Sterling and £34m Kalidou Koulibaly, but forwards ‘aren’t a priority’
- Chelsea have completed the signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City
- Thomas Tuchel feels this signing shows how Chelsea can bring in top players
- The club is also closing in on a deal for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly
- However, Tuchel feels that the club must continue to strengthen this summer
- If they fail to do this, he believes they will have ‘no chance’ of winning the league
Thomas Tuchel has insisted that Chelsea will have ‘no chance’ of competing for the Premier League this season unless they continue to bring in ‘quality players’ over the summer.
Raheem Sterling became the first major signing of the Todd Boehly era at Stamford Bridge when he completed his £47.5m move from Manchester City on Wednesday.
Tuchel is pleased to get that deal over the line, but feels this must just be the start of the Blues’ summer spending as the club looks to recover from losing Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Romelu Lukaku, plus the sanctions that were imposed on them prior to Boehly taking over from Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea confirmed the signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City on Wednesday
Thomas Tuchel (R) feels Chelsea must continue to strengthen to compete for the title
‘The stakes are high and we’re competing not only against the best teams who have ever played in the Premier League but also the best coaches,’ Tuchel said in an interview with Sky Sports on Chelsea’s pre-season tour of the United States.
‘We come from sanctions, we come from losing top-quality players, key players, we are a club in transition, in transition of ownership, we were behind in the transfer race and we were behind in the table. So we have things to improve.
‘The signing of Raheem shows what we’re capable of doing, it shows the ambition of the club and the ownership and it’s good because we’re all here to win and compete.
‘We love to compete and we love the challenge at the very top. For that we need signings of new quality players or otherwise there’s no chance.’
The German coach has claimed that Chelsea would have looked to bring in players even if they had not offloaded some of their stars this summer as they look to close the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool.
Tuchel has claimed that Chelsea will still rely on their academy talent moving forward
However, he has also reiterated that the west London club will continue to promote youth from their academy – a stance that has seen the likes of Mason Mount, Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah flourish in recent seasons.
It’s no secret we lost top players and we need to replace them. Even if they’d have stayed, we needed improvement to close the gap so we need now even more.
‘We have top players and even more importantly we have a top team. But if we bring players in we need top quality with top character and then you’re talking about the very, very best who play this game.
What we’ll never forget is the mixture because what makes Chelsea special is the amount of academy players and we’ll never hesitate to give responsibility to them and push them because the mixture of it makes it special and exciting for me to be coach and part of it and this is the way to follow,’ he added.
Chelsea are closing in on signing Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli for £34m, while they have also been linked with Nathan Ake and Presnel Kimpembe.
The Blues are expected to sign center-back Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli in the near future
Tuchel has confirmed that strengthening his back line is a clear area of focus, but has hinted that the club could then turn to bolstering their squad in other areas of the pitch to ensure that they keep ahead of the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal .
He continued: ‘The priority right now is defense, it’s not a secret. From there we need to see what’s possible.
‘We’re competing against the two top teams but Tottenham did a very active and aggressive and early transfer period, they have maybe the strongest squad they ever had with one of the best coaches in the world, Man Utd are never shy of recruiting with a new coach and Arsenal had some big signings already so we need to keep the level up to be competitive.’