Thomas Tuchel admits Chelsea need more ‘input’ and ‘quality’ after hard-fought Everton triumph

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Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel Credit: PA Images
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel Credit: PA Images

Thomas Tuchel admits Chelsea have things to work on after beating Everton in what was a disjointed contest at Goodison Park.

The west Londoners ran out 1-0 winner thanks to Jorginho’s first-half penalty. The Italy international beat Jordan Pickford deep into first-half stoppage time following Abdoulaye Doucoure’s foul on Ben Chilwell. Chelsea’s defence then took over, stifling any threats from the Toffees to claim all three points on Merseyside.

Tuchel was encouraged by his side’s display at a ground that has not always been a happy hunting ground for the Blues. But the German tactician knows that his charges will need to up their game as the campaign progresses.

“A win is a win and this is super important. We played at Everton and we’ve struggled over recent years to get points here,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“We have things to improve but this isn’t a surprise. Most of the time I’m happy with the first half, the second we lost too many balls and weren’t as dominant. We struggled physically but showed the spirit to get the clean sheet.”

Tuchel admits clash a tough watch

Everton defender Ben Godfrey was stretchered off during the first period following a challenge on Kai Havertz. That led to a substantial injury-time period at the end of the first half during which Jorginho fired home from 12 yards.

There was another delay towards the end of the game when a spectator was taken ill in the stands. And Tuchel confessed the stop-start nature of the contest was not easy on the eye.

“There were some situations nobody could influence like a big injury for an Everton player, the incident in the stands and we created confusion with the substitutions.

“Some things that maybe occur once in four weeks occurred in one match; there were seven minutes stoppage time first half, 10 in the second. It shows how disrupted the game was for both teams. It won’t have been nice to watch.”

Tuchel on possible Chelsea signings

Chelsea have added four new faces since the end of last season. The Stamford Bridge outfit have signed Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Gabriel Slonina and Carney Chukwuemeka this summer.

There is still plenty of time to make further additions to the squad. Tuchel is keen on the idea of bringing in another star but happy to go with what he has if that does not happen.

“If we can add, we add,” he told Sky Sports. “We are open to everything and I think we can use new energy and new legs and fresh input to bring us to a new level.

“If not, we will push this team but I think we could use some more input and some more quality. We are on it. I don’t want to put pressure on us but at the same time I don’t want to lower our expectations.”

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