Thomas Tuchel has shortlisted three defenders to replace Rudiger and Christensen
Thomas Tuchel has shortlisted three defenders to replace Rudiger and Christensen

Thomas Tuchel has shortlisted three defenders to replace Rudiger and Christensen

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has targeted three new defenders to replace Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. 

The German tactician is reported to have recommended three new defensive signings for prospective new Chelsea owners.

Thomas Tuchel announced on Sunday after their 1-0 victory over West Ham that Antonio Rudiger will leave Chelsea this summer. according to Fabrizio Romano, the German has agreed to join Real Madrid at the end of the season.

Andreas Christensen is also set to leave Chelsea on a free transfer after agreeing to join Barcelona.

According to The Telegraph, Thomas Tuchel wants Jules Kounde, Pau Torres, and Josko Gvardiol to fill the void left by Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

Jules Kounde(Sevilla) 

The French international was close to joining Chelsea last summer before Sevilla raised the transfer fees of the center back.

The Sevilla defender profile will fit well into Tuchel’s tactics as he can play in a three-back system and a four-back system. He can also play as a left-back and is also good with his feet.

Kounde’s season stat

Jules Kounde has made 39 appearances for Sevilla this season scoring two and assisting one in the process.

The French international has a 91% pass completion rate in La Liga this season and two red cards.

He concedes an average of 0.83 goals and 0.24 Bookings for every 90 minutes that the player is on the pitch.

Kounde has won 130 aerial duels and 46 tackles. On top of this, he made a total of 15 blocks.

Pau Torres (Villarreal)

The 1.91 m Spanish center back is one of the sought-after defenders in Europe.

The 25 years old defender has been identified by Thomas Tuchel as one of the potential replacements for Antonio Rudiger.

Chelsea will face tight competition as Manchester United and Tottenham are also keen on securing the signature of the center back.

The Spaniard is very strong on the ball, with his passing as one his strong attributes.

Pau Torres stat 

Torres has scored 5 goals in 40 appearances for Villarreal this season.

The Spaniard has made 148 dribblings in La Liga, which is the second-best in Spain this season. 

Pau Torres Riba concedes an average of 0.4 goals and 0.2 Bookings For every 90 minutes that the player is on the pitch.

He has won 114 aerial duels and 38 tackles. On top of this, he made a total of 20 blocks.

Torres has completed  1791 passes in Laliga this season.

Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig)

The 20-year-old defender has been one of the breakthrough players in the Bundesliga this season.

Tuchel sees the boy as the perfect replacement for Rudiger.

At such a young age, he’s already a fantastic all-around defender, with lots of experience in Conte-disciple Domenico Tedesco’s three-man system (in the center or left-center) and the ability to play left-back. Tall, swift, strong, and technically skilled.

Josko Gvardiol stat

The Croatian defender has made 42 appearances this season for Leipzig scoring two and assisting two in the process.

He has won 126 aerial duels and 76 tackles. On top of this, he made a total of 16 blocks

The Croatian international has attempted 74 dribblings and completed 2074 passes which is the second-best in the Bundesliga.