Since taking office at Stamford Bridge at the end of January, Tuchel has overseen a dramatic return to form. Chelsea are unbeaten in 14 appearances for the German coach, sit in the Premier League’s top four and have reached the Champions League quarter-finals and FA Cup semi-finals.
The improvement under Tuchel underlined the quality already within the Blues team. But that won’t stop the club from trying to recruit new players during this summer’s transfer window.
Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland tops Chelsea’s list. The 20-year-old striker has scored 49 times in 49 games for the Bundesliga giants and is wanted by a number of European superpowers including Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The Blues also want to add a central defender to their ranks, although given the current quintet of Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma have helped Chelsea keep 12 clean sheets in Tuchel’s 14 games, the The club’s outlook might have changed.
Considering what Chelsea have yet to play for this season, it’s no surprise that Tuchel isn’t focusing on the summer transfer market.
However, the Blues head coach has emphatically stated that any potential addition must fit perfectly into the tight-knit group he has developed.
“Our players are happy to be with us,” Tuchel said ahead of tomorrow’s game against West Bromwich Albion when asked if he thought a new striker was needed.
“This is the most important thing. And don’t forget we have young guys up front and they’ll get better. I am convinced [by that] and it’s my job to improve them.
“Honestly, if we have a transfer ban [from] tomorrow I will be a happy coach next season. We can push this team to the next limit and to the next level. I have ideas, of course, on how to maybe improve this team, but it’s very, very difficult.
“First of all, we have a very strong group with a strong bond, and that means we need great characters.
“That’s the most important thing because we have top guys in the dressing room and I won’t allow anyone to mess that up and be a bad influence in that. So we have to be absolutely sure.
“The work ethic, the mentality, the attitude towards training and the games are exceptional, and it has to stay that way.
“There must remain a strong bond in the locker room. It’s not like a puzzle where you take out one piece and put the next piece. It’s a complex situation, every transfer market is. ”