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Tuchel ‘absolutely happy’ with Chelsea squad, transfer window

Improvements made

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There’s a little over a week left in the 2021 summer transfer season, which, in many ways, means that the madness is just beginning. The final few days are almost always extremely hectic for whatever reason, and Chelsea certainly do have plenty of business to take care of.

But most of that business should be outgoing and probably of the loan variety, even if we were recently re-linked with Jules Koundé.

Chelsea already improved the squad not only by spending a club-record amount on Romelu Lukaku, but also by trimming some of the excess numbers around Cobham and the Loan Army, a process that will surely continue until the end of the window.

For Tuchel, there’s a good balance in the squad heading into a grueling and high-pressure season, and he’s hoping to cultivate a similar winning mentality that saw our steamroll our way to a Champions League trophy last season.

“I am absolutely happy with our squad and the alternatives we have. [...] That means we maybe don’t have the biggest squad but that we have a very competitive squad in all positions. This, on one hand, is necessary because we play a lot of competitions and we play the World Club Cup in December. We also played very long last season and there was the Euros and Copa America.

“So if we want to compete we need this level. But at the same time, it’s also important we’re a strong group, this was maybe the key for the last half a year. We played with a strong bond and a great team spirit. This is a challenge for the team and for me to create this atmosphere again. And that everybody is ready to take hard decisions and keep pushing the team. If we do this we can achieve more than we have.”

-Thomas Tuchel; source: Football.London

By our powers combined!

Discord over transfers at Chelsea is a common occurrence, but Tuchel seems to be bucking that trend and happy to focus on the things he can control on the training ground. Long may that last!