🇩🇪 Tuchel on Chelsea's need for a number nine
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🇩🇪 Tuchel on Chelsea's need for a number nine

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has enforced strong belief in his forward line options ahead of the summer transfer window.

Under Tuchel, the English giants’ attack is currently led by a false nine, Kai Havertz, and sometimes by Timo Werner, who is proven to be a better goalscorer in a wide role.

Additionally, the two traditional number nines in the squad, Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham, are only third to fourth options in the German manager’s pecking order.

"I do what I always did when I started in the academy and later in professional football, I do what I think is best for the team and I adapt to the quality of my players," Tuchel said as cited by Goal.

"If I have guys who need to be on the pitch and double strikers, we will find the way to play with double strikers. If we have guys who absolutely need to be on the pitch as a number nine, we play with a single number nine. It depends and we adapt to the quality of the players.

"Please don’t forget I love all these guys you mentioned. I love Vialli, I love Drogba, I love [Fernando] Torres, I love them. This is a huge part when I think about Chelsea.

"When you look at our line-up in the Champions League now and you look at our offensive players or against Crystal Palace, it was Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Reece James, they are 20, 21. Timo [Werner] is 24 so don’t compare the big guys in their best age with guys who are 20 and 21. Don’t do this mistake,” Tuchel added.

"Why should I dream of Vialli and Van Basten and Gary Lineker and the next of the best number nines in the world?

"We have what we have and I am super happy with what we have and we have strong strikers, we have strong half strikers and we do what is best for the team and I am absolutely happy with what we have and we will push them and that is the situation,” concluded the former Borussia Dormund and Paris Saint Germain boss.

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