‘As soon as we can act we will try to change things’: Thomas Tuchel thinks Chelsea will only need ‘cosmetic surgery’ in this summer’s window as he insists he won’t is ‘not possible’ for new owners to spend £250m
- Thomas Tuchel thinks Chelsea only need a touch-up in the summer window
- The club are ready to endure a tough window as they remain stuck in limbo
- Asked what treatment they will need, he replied with ‘cosmetic surgery’
- He also insisted that a new owner is unlikely to hand them an eye-watering war chest.
Thomas Tuchel believes Chelsea only need ‘cosmetic surgery’ this summer, rather than the open-heart surgery Manchester United need according to Ralf Rangnick.
Tuchel was speaking ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Old Trafford on Thursday ahead of what promises to be a tough transfer window for both clubs.
Erik ten Hag must rebuild the United squad, while government sanctions against Roman Abramovich have left Chelsea in limbo: they cannot currently sign or sell players, although Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are set to leave in free transfers.
Thomas Tuchel thinks Chelsea only need ‘cosmetic surgery’ in tough summer window
Tuchel has sought to allay fears over his own future, however insisting he is determined to rise to the challenge.
When asked what treatment Chelsea needed this summer, Tuchel laughed: “Cosmetic surgery. I’d be less worried if we still had the same property…as that’s also in question, we’re not worried, but aware of the danger that the situation may be a little more complex.
He added: “It’s quite demanding these days in football to lose that kind of quality in a back three, to lose two key players for free… it can be a very, very demanding summer.” ‘
Antonio Rudiger set to leave on free transfer, while Blues can’t sign or sell players
With Ten Hag likely to be busy and Manchester City set to sign Erling Haaland, the German admitted: “It won’t be easier.” We wanted to compete and you could see we couldn’t compete for the long term… I was so happy with the structure the club offers and the mentality Chelsea offers.
He added: “With that now being challenged, it becomes more demanding, not difficult because I don’t know what’s coming… it’s a bit concerning and hopefully we can get through it.”
The Chelsea boss admitted he would normally have started sounding out potential signings by now. This season, however, “we can still have discussions inside the building but we cannot act”.
Nevertheless, Tuchel moved to assure the supporters that he relishes the task.
The Blues are likely to take third place in the Premier League and are also in the FA Cup final
“It would be hard enough with a stable situation,” he said. ‘It is perhaps very important for me to convey this message: I am committed, I can’t wait to be there and I am passionate about it. And as soon as we can act, we will try to act and turn the situation around and go from a disadvantage to perhaps an advantage.
Although the Chelsea takeover is in its final stages, Tuchel conceded: “It’s not possible for a new owner to come in and say, ‘Go wild, here’s £250m – go and spend it. -the “.
However, he remains determined not to cancel the summer. ‘It’s not even May, it’s too early. There is still faith,” Tuchel said.