Here is your Chelsea morning summary for Saturday January 30th.
Tumble Tuchel’s eyes three times
The transfer window for the end of this month in January will be quiet at Stamford Bridge, and no newcomers are expected before the Monday deadline.
However, in the summer, Chelsea could be busy again. Thomas Tuchel, who was appointed Frank Lampard’s successor on Tuesday, was ready to put his own stamp on his squad.
Although the summer window is still a few months away, the German has already started drawing up plans, with an assault on the Bundesliga likely.
It is reported that RB Leipzig ace Dayot Upamecano, Bayern Munich’s David Alaba and Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland are all on his radar.
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All three players had been linked to Chelsea moves prior to Tuchel’s arrival, but his previous ties to German football could give the Blues an edge in their race to seal their signatures.
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Tuchel introduces new training plans
Before Sunday’s argument with Burnley at Stamford Bridge, Tuchel met his new players at the club’s Cobham training ground.
After spending a short time with them on Tuesday night prior to Wednesday night’s goalless draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tuchel had the opportunity to hang out with his players on both Thursday and Friday as he continued to meet their personalities and football talents.
On Friday, it was found that the German, formerly Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, had implemented a new philosophy that included mini-footballs.
It seems like Tuchel implemented this plan to improve his team’s ball retention, with high levels of ball possession likely being a regular issue under his leadership.
Click here to take a look at the five things Football.London spotted from Friday’s training session in Cobham.
Azpilicueta admits to Tuchel
Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta has admitted that Tuchel is “very happy” to have been given the chance to take over at Stamford Bridge and lead a “talented group” of players.
Tuchel was appointed the club’s new head coach on Tuesday after Frank Lampard was sacked after five defeats in eight league games.
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“Since arriving he has made it clear what he wanted from us,” Azpilicueta told Chelsea’s official website.
“He said he was very happy to manage this group of talented players and experienced players.
“We have a good mix of everything and he wanted to achieve the goals we want, do everything together.
“We are in the middle of the season, we still have a lot to play and we have our goals. We know that playing for this club demands high standards every day.”