Thomas Tuchel was delighted to finish the signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester Metropolis however says Chelsea should proceed to usher in “high quality” to compete for the Premier League.
The Blues sealed a £47.5m deal on Wednesday to add Sterling to their squad and, talking with Sky Sports activities Information, Tuchel described himself as “tremendous glad”, explaining that the England ahead could be a “massive enchancment” to the Chelsea squad.
The London membership are additionally closing in on the seize of Kalidou Koulibaly, with the Napoli centre-back within the capital for his medical after the clubs agreed on a fee around £32m.
Nevertheless, the Chelsea head coach made it clear Chelsea – who’ve seen big-name gamers Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Romelu Lukaku depart this summer time – must carry on bringing in excessive calibre signings if they’re to compete with Metropolis and Liverpool for the highest honours this coming season.
“The stakes are excessive and we’re competing not solely in opposition to the very best groups who’ve ever performed within the Premier League but in addition the very best coaches,” stated Tuchel.
“Should you [then] see the switch interval and high quality of coach at Tottenham, should you see the identical at Arsenal, at Man Utd, we all know what the problem is. It is the hardest problem you may [have].
“We come from sanctions, we come from dropping top-quality gamers, key gamers, we’re a membership in transition, in transition of possession, we have been behind within the switch race and we have been behind within the desk. So we’ve issues to enhance.
“The signing of Raheem exhibits what we’re able to doing, it exhibits the ambition of the membership and the possession and it is good as a result of we’re all right here to win and compete.
“We like to compete and we love the problem on the very high. For that we’d like signings of latest high quality gamers or in any other case there isn’t any likelihood.”
Tuchel describes the connection between himself and co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali as “very shut and intense” proper now, with the pair helping the pinnacle coach with transfers within the absence of a everlasting sporting director.
The German says the trio are specializing in bringing in the very best gamers attainable to mix with the present squad and rising younger skills on the membership.
“It began with analysing the final season, our performances, our squad, the place we expect we have to enhance and may enhance,” stated Tuchel, explaining the recruitment course of.
“It is no secret we misplaced high gamers and we have to exchange them. Even when they’d have stayed, we would have liked enchancment to shut the hole so we’d like now much more.
“We’ve high gamers and much more importantly we’ve a high staff. But when we convey gamers in we’d like high quality with high character and you then’re speaking concerning the very, absolute best who play this sport.
“What we’ll always remember is the combination as a result of what makes Chelsea particular is the quantity of academy gamers and we’ll by no means hesitate to present duty to them and push them as a result of the combination of it makes it particular and thrilling for me to be coach and a part of it and that is the way in which to observe.”
Tuchel refused to touch upon hyperlinks with Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and stated signing one other ahead is “not the precedence” now Sterling has been added to the squad. As a substitute, his focus is on Chelsea’s backline.
“I might not rule it out [signing another striker] however proper now it isn’t the precedence. The precedence proper now could be defence, it isn’t a secret. From there we have to see what’s attainable,” stated Tuchel.
“We’re competing in opposition to the 2 high groups however Tottenham did a really lively and aggressive and early switch interval, they’ve perhaps the strongest squad they ever had with the most effective coaches on this planet, Man Utd are by no means shy of recruiting with a brand new coach and Arsenal had some massive signings already so we have to hold the extent as much as be aggressive.”
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