Chelsea finished third in the Premier League last season with 19 and 18 points behind Manchester City and Liverpool.
Chelsea is keen to close the gap between Manchester City and Liverpool. The two clubs are considered the benchmark in the Premier League and have raised the standard so high that they have accumulated 90 plus points every season.
However, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has disclosed that the only way Chelsea can close the gap and compete with Manchester City and Liverpool is to improve their squad by signing more players.
The blues has lost Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and Romelu Lukaku on loan to Inter Milan. Chelsea has been quite busy in the transfer market and had already completed the signing of Raheem sterling for £47 million from Manchester City and Kalidou Koulibaly for £ 35 million for Napoli.
The West London club is still in the transfer market seeking to sign more players and strengthened their squad. Chelsea has been linked with a move for Seville and French defender Jules Kounde. There are also reports that Chelsea is negotiating with Paris Saint Germain for Presnel Kimpembe.
What did Thomas Tuchel say?
The Chelsea manager revealed this via the Chelsea official website, saying: “I have a figure and I think we need a couple more players in to improve the squad,’ he added. ‘We were third last season and there was a gap between us, Manchester City, and Liverpool.
“In general if you want to fight even for the same position you need to improve. You can never stand still because if you stand still then other teams will overtake you. Given the situation that we even lost players, it’s common sense for me that we need to bring new quality to the team to maintain our level.
“It’s always the dream of every manager that you find players in the same league and who can adapt may be quicker than other players but it’s also a very individual process. Of course, we see that Raheem knows many players from the national team and he is very familiar with the habits of English clubs so this is very nice to see.
“For Kalidou, it’s a big help that we have some French guys, that we have Edou [Mendy] his team-mate in the national team and of course Jorginho who is a big help from Napoli to make this process faster.
“Both of them should be huge players for us and that’s why we need to speed things up.”
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel has ruled out Armando Broja leaving Chelsea this summer.
There are reports that West Ham United has bid £30 million for the Albanian striker but Thomas Tuchel has insisted that the Chelsea younger attacker is not for sale and he has plans for him in the Chelsea squad.
Thomas Tuchel added: “ I don’t expect him to leave.
“We are aware of interest and offers, which just tells us there is a lot of potential, and the owners and I will take this decision together in the end, also with the player.
“Right now when he arrived, it’s clear he’s trying to impress and is just trying to become a Chelsea player as soon as possible. After his loan at Southampton, the situation was very clear for him to take the next step, to show his improvement and make an impression in pre-season.
“Unfortunately he injured himself and of course, there is a lot of noise going on because there are offers and interest in him. Let’s see how this goes but I’m pretty calm about it because we know the situation and we have a contract.”