Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he needs a player who can play on the left side of his defense.
Thomas Tuchel normally set up his players in a 3-4-2-1 formation. Last season, Antonio Rudiger normally plays on the left side of the three Men defense. Chelsea currently has four first-team defenders; Kalidou Koulibaly, Thiago Silva, Marr Sarr, and Trevoh Chalobah.
The blues are still in the transfer market trying to sign a defender. Chelsea has seen their move for Jules Kounde highjacked by Barcelona after Seville had accepted Chelsea’s £ 55 million bid.
The Chelsea manager expects Kalidou Koulibaly to play on the left side of the three-man defense.
What did Thomas Tuchel side?
The Chelsea manager in a post-match conference said: “We are looking for guys who can play on the left side.
“Toni [Rudiger] played on the left side and was not a left-footed guy, so maybe Kalidou can play there because he plays in a back-four on the left side, but let’s see what is possible. It is not only about bringing players in for numbers; we need numbers, and we also need quality so we will make some decisions late, not only about players but also about systems. Ideally, we would have a left-footer.”
Thomas Tuchel was concerned with Chelsea’s goals scorer problem after they failed to convert their chances in their defeat to Arsenal.
The Chelsea manager added: “For sure. If you look at the first half, it was even hard to escape our half in a productive way and to play in the opponent’s half in a positive way and create chances – we had one chance with a shot [that hit the post].
“But the number of dangerous situations, the amount of one against ones, the number of accelerations in the second half, where we dominated the game and were the better team in the first 22 minutes, but with their first action they score and we didn’t have too many dangerous situations [after that].
“Listen, it’s the same players, so why should anything change? We will see hopefully development but at the moment, we have the same issues because we have the same players.”
Thomas Tuchel who was not happy with his team after Arsenal’s thrashing failed to guarantee if Chelsea will be ready before the Premier Leagues commenced in two weeks’ time.
Chelsea will play their first Premier League against Everton on the 7 August at Goodison Park a venue they had failed to win in their five attempts.
The German tactician added: “I can not guarantee. I saw today a team in Arsenal who are mentally committed to an idea of playing, a level of exhaustion, a level of physical commitment that we could not match.
“Also, a level of mental commitment that we lacked because we have a lot of players who are thinking about leaving and looking at their options. We have players that have left and I think at the moment that’s obvious.”