Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel faced the press ahead of the Blues’ opening Premier League clash with Everton this weekend, in a discussion that was largely dominated by transfers and speculation.
The Blues travel to Goodison Park to take on former boss Frank Lampard and his Toffees on Saturday evening, One man who may not be named in the starting XI is Ben Chilwell, who continues to recover from an ACL injury that he sustained early last season.
“It’s a very, very demanding league and we have to take care of him. We can’t just throw him in and see what’s coming”, Tuchel warned, perhaps suggesting that a role off the bench may be more likely.
Meanwhile, a £62m deal for Brighton defender Marc Cucurella continues to edge closer, despite Brighton’s protestations that no deal had been agreed less than 48 hours ago, with the Spaniard now in London finalising a deal.
And while Tuchel was quick to urge caution, he was very complimentary of his newest recruit. “It’s not done yet. I don’t want to say I know nothing about it but the paperwork is in process and we hope to get it done before noon. Marc is a terrific player”, he told the press. “He can play several positions.”
“It helps Ben [Chilwell] escape the pressure to deliver and I absolutely need you now. We have Marcos Alonso, Kenedy and Emerson. I think, hopefully, Marc can play on the left of the back three with this profile”, Tuchel added.
He was also quick to praise fellow defensive addition Kalidou Koulibaly, speaking highly of his character in the dressing room. “We got always the same feedback: fantastic guy, leader in the dressing room, calm, a role model”, he explained.