Thomas Tuchel was delighted to complete the signing of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling but says Chelsea must continue to bring “high quality” to compete for the Premier League.
The Blues struck a £47.5m deal on Wednesday to add Sterling to their squad and Tuchel described himself as ‘super happy’ to Sky Sports News, explaining that the England striker would be a ‘big improvement’ for the Chelsea team.
The London club are also close to capturing Kalidou Koulibaly, with the Napoli centre-back in the capital for treatment after the clubs agreed on a fee of around £32m.
However, the Chelsea manager has made it clear that Chelsea, who have seen established players Antonio Ruediger, Andreas Christensen and Romelu Lukaku leave this summer, will have to keep signing high-level contracts if they want to compete with ” City and Liverpool. top honors for the upcoming season.
“The stakes are high and we are competing not only with the best teams that have ever played in the Premier League, but also with the best coaches,” Tuchel said.
“If you are [then] look at the transfer period and the quality of the manager at Tottenham, if you see the same at Arsenal, at Manchester United, we know what the challenge is. This is the most difficult task you can [have].
“We came because of the sanctions, we came because of the loss of high quality players, key players, we are a club in transition, ownership in transition, we were behind in the transfer race and behind in the table. So we have things to do. improve.
“Signing Rahim shows what we are capable of, it shows the club’s ambition and responsibility, which is good because we are all here to win and compete.
“We love to compete and we love the challenge at the top. To do this, we need new quality players, otherwise we have no chance.”
Tuchel describes the relationship between himself and co-owners Todd Boli and Behdad Egbali as “very close and intense” right now, with the pair helping the head coach with transfers in the absence of a permanent sporting director.
The German says the trio is focused on bringing in the best players to pair with the current squad and new young talent at the club.
“It all started with an analysis of last season, our performances, our team, where we think we need to improve and what we can improve,” Tuchel said, explaining the recruitment process.
“It is no secret that we have lost the best players and we need to replace them. Even if they stayed, we needed to improve the situation to close the gap, so now we need even more.
“We have the best players and, more importantly, we have the best team. But if we are attracting players, we need high quality with great character, and then you are talking about the very best who play this game.
“What we will never forget is the mix because what makes Chelsea so special is the number of academy players and we don’t hesitate to hold them accountable and push them because it’s the mix that makes me special and exciting to be coach. and part of it, and that’s the way to follow.”
Tuchel declined to comment on ties to Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski, and said signing a new striker “isn’t a priority” as Sterling has been added to the team. Instead, his focus is on defending Chelsea.
“I would not rule out [signing another striker] but it’s not a priority right now. Now the priority is protection, it’s not a secret. From there, we need to see what is possible,” Tuchel said.
“We are competing with the top two teams but Tottenham have had a very active, aggressive and early transfer period, they have possibly the strongest squad they have ever had with one of the best managers in the world, Manchester United “Never hesitates to recruit a new manager and Arsenal have already signed some big deals so we need to keep up the level to be competitive.”
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