Tuchel mulls ‘new generation’ at Chelsea as he seeks to add more experienced players in addition to young players.
Thomas Tuchel is looking to spend again despite Chelsea splashing more cash than any other Premier League team this summer.
Chelsea boss really values experience at Chelsea, that is very clear to see.
Tuchel has definitely made an effort to keep captain Cesar Azpilicueta at the club this summer, and it is clear that he wants his team to be full of experienced brains.
There is a lot of value in this, Kalidou Koulibaly replaced Antonio Rudiger with even more experience.
But, it’s also about the balance. On Saturday, Tuchel’s first choice back three was Azpilicueta (32), Thiago Silva (37), and Koulibaly (31), so there isn’t much youthful legs in there.
This will be his preferred back three unless they manage to pull off the Wesley Fofana signing, who would probably then come in for Azpilicueta.
But Tuchel also values the importance of youth, and he is planning for a new generation coming in to take over from aging players.
‘It is a lot of experience (with Silva, Azpilicueta, and Koulibaly) and they have their quality and know what they are doing,” Tuchel said.
“We need to make sure we have a new generation to take over in the next years but the guys are strong, that is why they have our trust. Yes, there needs to be a balance.
“But, in general, it is the fact that — like the goalkeeper and the two holding midfielders — they are in their thirties and that is just what it is.”
Tuchel was relieved to take three points at Goodison Park where Chelsea have lost on their last four visits but is well aware a team that he admits is in “transition” needs to continue to lower their age profile and make improvements if they are to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool.