Only a handful of matches are left this season, and even though some of them are among the biggest games in club history, there’s also everyone’s favorite season looming just around the corner. That’s right, Silly Season is almost here though just like last summer, the market is expected to be a bit more subdued once again thanks to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
That of course didn’t stop Chelsea from going hog wild twelve months ago, but head coach Thomas Tuchel doesn’t think that’ll be the case again. And he certainly doesn’t need it to be!
“Do we have some ideas how to improve the squad? Yes, we do but will we fight about it? No we will not.
“We will discuss it and first of all we will finish this season because it is not time to reflect now. [...] We have some ideas but it is crazy times out there that will influence the transfer market and I don’t see any big problems.”
Tuchel is well aware of his own reputation for getting into conflicts with club higher-ups over things such as transfer policy, but he’s also been very clear about not wanting to get caught up in any such drama. He’s not going to “get angry” if certain players he might suggest don’t arrive post-haste, and in fact, he sounds a bit wary of messing with the squad composition too much.
“A big part of my personality is on coaching and guiding my team and pushing it to the limit. No matter if we win or lose. Being part of a high-level club and well-structured club.”
“I have zero ambition to ruin this atmosphere not for myself or for anybody else. [...] I embrace the simplicity. I hope I can continue to live like this on the job. Because it is pure fun, very exciting. Very pure the feeling I have right now even though it is a big challenge and the big games keep coming.”
-Thomas Tuchel; source: Goal
While we also have to be wary of avoiding tough decisions just because we won a trophy or two, if we can find the right balance of new and old, young and experienced, we just might continue building towards sustained success next season and beyond.
But for now of course, all actual focus on the next five games.