There were reports about Chelsea’s interest in Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The 33-year-old Gabonese international joined Barcelona in January 2022 after a fall out with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta which led to the striker terminating his contract with Arsenal.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made 23 appearances for Barcelona scoring 13 goals, this includes 11 goals in 17 La Liga appearances. The former Arsenal captain has an impressive goal scoring record in the Premier League. He scored 68goals in 128 Premier League appearances.
Chelsea‘s move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will make a lot of sense as the only striker in the Chelsea squad is Broja Armando.
Broja Chelsea’s future is still in limbo as to whether the striker will loan again or be sold with interest from West Ham and other Premier League clubs.
Thomas Tuchel had previously worked with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund where the Gabonese international scored 76 goals in 95 appearances.
What did Thomas Tuchel say about Chelsea’s interest in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang?
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League encounter with Everton, The Chelsea manager said when asked about Chelsea’s interest in the Gabonese international: “I would be interested in the 79 goals (he scored under Tuchel previously), actually! We will not comment further. There are a lot of names out there, sometimes due to the fact we discuss a lot of names but also sometimes pure speculation. We will not get involved.”
The German tactician also reflected on Chelsea’s preparation for the new Premier League campaign.
Thomas Tuchel added: “We are some steps further. It was absolutely necessary. Maybe it was also necessary to lose that game as we lost it against Arsenal, against a big rival in the league who is trying to take our place. Maybe it was a wake-up call for everybody.
“ Since then we have stepped up. As always, the last week before the season is always where you feel a new focus, new excitement, new level of focus in training. Legs are fresh now, fresher than when we trained in Florida. Still, we are not where we can be but let’s see, we feel ready and competitive for tomorrow. A very good training week so far, the atmosphere is back to where it was before the Arsenal game like in the first weeks of preseason.
“Then we lost the energy towards the Arsenal game. After that, we needed to digest but last week is good, and we feel ready for tomorrow. This is very important to not lose focus and take the first-week step by step. We took the possibility to prepare the whole week for Saturday, nothing else. This is where we are.”
The Chelsea manager was also excited about the introduction of five substitutions in the Premier League.
Tuchel continued: “I like it a lot. We were the only league that did not use it so I felt it was a disadvantage in Champions League matches when opponents came from their leagues and had five changes available and we didn’t.
“ I think we can now use this option and it gives you the possibility to use more players, have more impact tactically and physically in the game. It gives, of course, the players more chance for game time which is key also. It’s a huge factor in being satisfied and bringing your constant good energy, even if you maybe don’t start so often. We can reward players for their performance in training or games.”