September 27, 2022

Chelsea have a variety of issues to repair with the brand new Premier League season looming on the horizon.

Blues supervisor Thomas Tuchel lately delivered an astonishing rant about his staff’s lack of readiness for the upcoming marketing campaign after a damning 4-0 pre-season defeat to Arsenal.

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Chelsea have seemed poor in pre-season

“I can not assure we will probably be prepared (for the beginning of the season) in two weeks,” he mentioned.

“It’s the identical gamers, so why ought to something change?

“We’ll see hopefully growth however in the intervening time now we have the identical points as a result of now we have the identical gamers.”

Tuchel isn’t one to sugar-coat his emotions and the state of affairs at Chelsea is rarely often as bleak because the German makes out within the speedy aftermath of a defeat.

Their dodgy pre-season was to be anticipated with solely three video games and a fully-rotated squad of twenty-two gamers, a few of whom is not going to be a part of Tuchel’s plans.

Even with club-record signing Romelu Lukaku misfiring final season, and sanctions positioned on ex-owner Roman Abramovich, the Blues nonetheless managed to complete third.

Boehly took time to restructure the club after his takeover, which initially delayed transfer plans

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Boehly took time to restructure the membership after his takeover, which initially delayed switch plans


With new possession now in place, American billionaire Todd Boehly has helped to fund big-money strikes for Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly – who undoubtedly enhance Tuchel’s facet.

Full-backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James missed a big chunk of final season via damage, all-but ending Chelsea’s title hopes, and Tuchel can subject a stronger beginning XI on the opening day with everybody accessible.

Nevertheless, the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen depart them skinny on the again, whereas the mortgage return of Lukaku to Inter Milan means their seek for a deadly striker continues.

There are issues on the membership with one week remaining till the brand new season – however they aren’t unfixable and Boehly has tried.

The loss of Rudiger is a huge blow

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The lack of Rudiger is a large blow

The Blues misplaced out in races to signal defender Matthijs de Ligt and ahead Raphinha, whereas centre-back Jules Kounde has snubbed Chelsea for Barca.

Now the membership are left needing at the very least three gamers in a single week.

Regardless of touchdown Koulibaly, Tuchel’s defence is wanting gentle and the membership now have selections to make on ageing full-backs Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.

Each Spaniards have offers which expire in 2023 and it’s no secret they need to observe Christensen to Barca this summer time.

Keeping Azpilicueta has become essential for Chelsea

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Retaining Azpilicueta has grow to be important for Chelsea

Tuchel has spoken concerning the injury of wantaway gamers in his squad creating detrimental vibes – however proper now the Blues can not afford to promote defenders, significantly Azpilicueta, who can fill in at centre-back.

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One damage to Trevoh Chalobah, Koulibaly, or 37-year-old Thiago Silva – and the membership are in serious trouble.

Leicester defender Wesley Fofana has emerged because the membership’s No.1 goal following the Kounde disappointment.

The Frenchman, 21, is a ready-made Premier League star and emerged as considered one of English soccer’s brightest abilities earlier than struggling a critical damage earlier than the start of final season.

Fofana is being eyed by Chelsea

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Fofana is being eyed by Chelsea

France and Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe was additionally considered an choice for the Blues however hopes on that deal are fading.

Tuchel labored with the 26-year-old throughout his time on the Parc des Princes and partnered the centre-back with present Chelsea man Silva however he appears set to remain within the French capital.

A few Inter Milan defenders additionally proceed to be talked about in reference to Chelsea: Denzel Dumfries and Milan Skriniar.

In midfield, the identical selections have to be remodeled Jorginho and N’Golo Kante, who’re additionally out of contract in 2023.

Jorginho and Kante face uncertain futures at Stamford Bridge

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Jorginho and Kante face unsure futures at Stamford Bridge

Each gamers are actually of their 30s and Chelsea may do with an injection of youth into their midfield, particularly with the potential for Jorginho and Kante leaving.

Conor Gallagher might be the reply, coming back from a powerful mortgage spell at Crystal Palace, whereas the Blues have additionally been linked with Barca’s Frenkie de Jong.

Up high, Tuchel will hope Sterling may be the goalscorer he so desperately craves amid disappointing returns from his military of forwards final season.

The ex-Man Metropolis man can play via the center as a No.9 and bagged 20 Premier League objectives within the 2019/20 marketing campaign.

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Sterling has the potential to be a massive coup for Chelsea

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Sterling has the potential to be an enormous coup for Chelsea

Final time a Chelsea participant achieved that feat – Diego Costa in 2016/17 – they gained the title – and it was the identical story with the Spain striker in 2014/15.

However like with Gallagher, Armando Broja may present the solutions to Tuchel’s issues up high after coming back from a powerful mortgage spell at Southampton.

So are there points at Chelsea? Sure. Do they should signal extra gamers? Completely. Fofana and De Jong would go an extended approach to making issues look just a little extra optimistic.

However it’s not fairly as dangerous as Tuchel suggests – and most of the solutions might be proper beneath his nostril.

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