Thomas Tuchel plays down expectations at Chelsea ahead of next season

Thomas Tuchel claims Chelsea will still find it ‘difficult’ to compete with Man City and Liverpool next season even if they ‘add one or two key players’ this summer

  • Chelsea are set to finish third in the Premier League heading into the final day
  • They managed to keep pace with Liverpool and Man City early on in the season
  • However, they have fallen away dramatically in the second half of the season 
  • Thomas Tuchel feels his side will struggle to compete with the top two next term 

Thomas Tuchel admits Chelsea may struggle to narrow the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City even if they secure a couple of ‘key’ signings once Government sanctions are lifted.

‘It is going to be very difficult because even if we keep the team and have maybe the chance to add one or two key players it would already be difficult. Maybe even very difficult. Still we are not sure if we play the same season again,’ the Chelsea boss said.

‘It was an incredible season from (City and Liverpool) and in the end I don’t lie to myself.’

Thomas Tuchel thinks Chelsea may struggle to compete with Liverpool and Man City next term

Chelsea head into the final day and a game with Watford having secured third. But they are 18 points off Liverpool in second.

They already face losing defenders Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, and Tuchel claims Chelsea will never catch the teams above while they ‘struggle’ with ‘consistency (and) determination’ in the other penalty area.

‘The numbers we produce from our offensive players don’t allow us to overperform and we need over-performance if we want to be anywhere nearer to the top two teams. I am not pointing fingers, I am not blaming anybody,’ Tuchel said. 

Chelsea are set to lose Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger this summer

Tuchel thinks it will be tough for Chelsea, particularly as the club have been hit by sanctions

‘If we stick to the group then we will try to solve it with these players. Is it necessary to bring more offensive players around the box to create more distractions, to create more space? Can we push players more? Did we rotate too much? There are a lot of options.’

Sanctions currently mean Chelsea are unable to sell or sign players, or hand out new contracts.

‘Maybe we suffer already from the delay. But we will try to have our impact. We have a strong opinion on what’s missing and what we need. We will try to find it and give our opinion and fight for it,’ Tuchel added.

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