Six Untouchable Chelsea Players Thomas Tuchel Must Build A EPL Winning Team
Thomas Tuchel is expected to expand his Chelsea squad this summer, although things are a bit quiet on the transfer front right now.
With EURO 2020 in full swing, doing business is not easy. Even those who do not take part in the tournament will go on vacation after a stressful 2020/21 season to treat themselves to a well-deserved break.
On top of that, due to the coronavirus pandemic that has hit the coffers of many clubs, the money that is flowing around is not quite at the level of recent years, the means are not necessarily available to pursue goals.
Chelsea are one of the clubs that, thanks to their financial power, have found their way through such processes as we have over the past 18 months, but even then, the checkbook doesn’t have to be ridiculous.
After all, Thomas Tuchel’s team is the reigning European champion.
That hasn’t stopped the blues from being associated with money spinning for Erling Haaland and Achraf Hakimi this summer.
Football.London understands that the Blues are very interested in Haaland – who wouldn’t be – while the club with Hakimi have not yet made a move despite numerous reports from Italy that Tuchel wants the Moroccan defender.
Tuchel himself stated towards the end of the season that he doesn’t think the Blues squad needs major changes this summer as it embarks on its first full campaign and an expected Premier League title boost.
But when he has all of his players back in Cobham for the pre-season and before the first game of the season against Crystal Palace, who are the absolute untouchables in his squad?
Perhaps the greatest untouchable of all and currently arguably the best midfielder in the world. Much of Chelsea’s future success will depend on Kante’s fitness.
Leading the cranky Frenchman will be one of Tuchel’s biggest and most important jobs next season and the German has shown that he is ready to take a rest edge to ensure he stays fit for the big games.
Keeping edge fit and firing is essential for Tuchel, not least to bind him to a new and improved contract.
The Senegalese defender conceded a staggering nine goals en route to the Champions League title last season and 16 in all competitions for the Blues after joining from Rennes last year.
Mendy has firmly established himself as the blues number one and is the starting point for a very strong spine for Chelsea to reach the heights that Tuchel will set for himself and his players in the next season.
Not far behind Kante, who has to play pretty much every week when he’s available, is Mason Mount, who is getting stronger and stronger for both club and country.
The reigning Chelsea Player of the Year is only getting better and will be an important cog in Tuchel’s team for the next season. He plays like an edge when he’s fit and is as good as unbeatable for the foreseeable future, apart from a catastrophic loss of form, which according to previous knowledge is highly unlikely.
If you consider where the German was going at the turn of the year before Frank Lampard left, it was the turning point for Rüdiger.
The midfielder established himself as a frontrunner in defense for Tuchel in his pursuit of Champions League fame and a place in the top four. This summer, Rüdiger also transferred this form to the international stage for Germany.
He’s dead about to start next season’s inaugural game, although there are some issues with his contract, which expires in late 2021/22. Tuchel and Chelsea could be wise to sort this out sooner rather than later after the European Championship.
Similar to Rüdiger, Azpilicueta experienced a fantastic rejuvenation in the second half of last season, as Tuchel not only relied on the experience of the Spaniard to settle in at the beginning, but then brought the team forward in the second half of the season.
That ended with Azpilicueta putting on a heroic performance in the Champions League final as he continued to show his versatility, playing as both full-back and third center-back.
At the heart of the defense lies Azpilicueta’s immediate future and thanks to his return to the Spanish Championship squad, the Blues captain will again play a key role for the head coach next season.
The summer window is officially open and now the Blues can try to build on European fame and strengthen the roster to push for Premier League supremacy.
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A controversial choice, perhaps, but it cannot be said that his late-season performances, which resulted in the winning goal against Man City in Porto, put him in a good position for the season ahead.
Havertz’s move in the final third sets him apart from the rest of the Blues strikers, although he certainly wants to add a few more goals this season.
They suspect Havertz can do that with a longer run in the side. Could he have Erling Haaland by his side next season? Who knows what a delicious view that would be.