Thomas Tuchel was delighted to complete the signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City but says Chelsea need to keep bringing “up” to compete in the Premier League.
The Blues signed a £ 47.5m deal Wednesday to add Sterling to their squad and, speaking to Sky Sports News, Tuchel described himself as “very happy”, stating that the England international would “be a winner” for Chelsea.
The London club are close to signing Napidou Koulibaly, a Napoli defender at the club for medical treatment after the teams agreed a £ 32m fine.
However, the Chelsea boss has also said that Chelsea – who have seen the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Romelu Lukaku leave this summer – should continue to bring in top players if they want to compete with City and Liverpool in the game. winners honor the upcoming season.
“We are very high and we are competing not only with the best teams that have played in the Premier League but also well trained,” said Tuchel.
“If you [then] see the timing of the transfer and the type of coach at Tottenham, if you see the same at Arsenal, at Man Utd, we know what’s wrong. It’s the hardest thing you can do [have].
“We come from penalties, we come from losing top players, very important players, we are a change club, in changing ownership, we were behind the game changer and we were behind. Change.
“Raheem’s signing shows what we can do, it shows the club’s commitment and ownership and it is good because we are all here to win and compete.
“We like to compete and we love the challenges that are at the highest level. For these reasons we need to sign top players otherwise there is no chance.”
Tuchel describes the relationship between her and owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali as “very close and strong” right now, the two are supporting the head coach and the transfer without a permanent match manager.
The Germans say the three are keen to bring in the best players possible, including the current team and the youngsters leaving the team.
“It started with a review of last season, how we played, our team, where we think we need to improve and improve,” said Tuchel, describing the recruiting process.
“It’s no secret that we have lost top players and we need to replace them, even if they were, we needed to plan to close, we need more.
“We have top players and most importantly, we have a great team. But if we bring in players we need the highest quality games and then you are talking about the best players who play these games.
“What we will not forget is the integration that makes Chelsea so special and the number of players in the school and we will not hesitate to give them responsibility and push them because their integration makes it unique and exciting for me to be a coach.
Tuchel declined to comment on links between Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and said signing another player was “not necessary” now that Sterling had been added to the squad. Instead, his focus is on Chelsea’s back line.
“I can’t deny it [signing another striker] but so far it was not the first. The most important thing right now is security, not secrecy. From there we need to see what is possible, “Tuchel said.
“We are competing with the top two teams, but Tottenham acted quickly and aggressively and with the change of time, they probably have the strongest team they have ever had and one of the best coaches in the world, Man Utd are not ashamed to sign with them. Great already so we have to keep going to win. “
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