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Thomas Tuchel discloses ‘unrealistic’ transfer list for Chelsea championship challenge under Todd Boehly

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Thomas Tuchel discloses ‘unrealistic’ transfer list for Chelsea championship challenge under Todd Boehly

Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he gave Chelsea owner Todd Boehly a ‘unrealistic’ transfer list that could lead to his team challenging Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title right away.

Chelsea have already spent around £162 million on first-team additions such as Raheem Sterling, Marc Cucurella, Carney Chukwuemeka, and Kalidou Koulibaly, and Wesley Fofana could join for a record fee.

Tuchel does not believe his side’s business will be completed.

According to, Chelsea are hoping that the third bid for Fofana will entice Leicester, and the French defender appeared to bid farewell to Foxes fans at the Emirates on Saturday.

Even if the Blues do not sign any new players before the end of the month, Tuchel refuses to limit his team.

Despite the large sums spent this summer, the German coach recognizes that he is not privileged enough to participate in fantasy football.

He said: “I gave him a list that would have made it possible to fight straight for the title, but it was a pretty unrealistic list. We don’t play fantasy football, and in the end, we need to pay for it, convince the players, and convince clubs to give us their best players, and this is simply not happening.

“I am super happy with what we’ve succeeded so far: Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Carney (Chukwuemeka) and Marc Cucurella are fantastic signings, and I’m more than happy they are with us. It’s not finished, everybody knows. But if it’s finished, if we don’t do anything else, we fight with this squad. If it’s not finished, we try to get further quality and with further quality, the ambition level rises.

He added: “I don’t want to limit our ambitions artificially at the beginning of August. I don’t want to put pressure on us about any level we want to reach. If you ask me if I feel confident enough that we win the next match, I say ‘yes, we can win the next match, and we will prepare to beat Tottenham, which is a bit ask at the moment.

“It is a big match for us against a tough opponent. Then we go step by step. This is a luxury we deserve at the moment because the summer was what it was for us. We are in a bit of delay, this was nobody’s fault it is the reality.

” So the luxury is we focus on our situation now and improve our squad. We have some issues to get better on, and this is what we do. Then we see. In general, every team fights for the top four in this league and then come March or April, if you’re in the race, then you’re in the race.”

Chelsea’s opponents on Sunday have also completed significant business. Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Fraser Foster, Clement Lenglet, and Ivan Perisic have joined Tottenham as Antonio Conte prepares for his first full season in charge.

The Lilywhites completed their transfers early in the window, putting the Blues under pressure when they arrived in pre-season without a new signing.

With the departures of Petr Cech and Marina Granovskaia, Tuchel has played a key role in establishing transfer targets, with Boehly also becoming a sporting director.

The Blues manager is unconcerned about being perceived as less polite or demanding than Conte.

He said: “I think he knows, and I think everybody has this nature, and I think we are very clear in our thinking and belief in what we want and which profiles we want. As I said, so far, we’ve had a very good transfer period in terms of personality and quality. We have ideas. This is clear. I can only be myself towards the team and owners.”

Thomas Tuchel discloses ‘unrealistic’ transfer list for Chelsea championship challenge under Todd Boehly



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