Thomas Tuchel eager to finally see £213.5m Chelsea attack in full flow - ‘Nothing helps more than goals’

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Thomas Tuchel eager to finally see £213.5m Chelsea attack in full flow - ‘Nothing helps more than goals’
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    German association football manager and former player

Thomas Tuchel had Tottenham to thank for the two-goal advantage Chelsea take into tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.

But the German is banking on his own forwards finding their cutting edge between now and the end of the season as he finally enjoys the luxury of a fully fit attack.

Davinson Sanchez and Ben Davies put through their own net in last week’s first leg – even if Kai Havertz was credited with the opening goal.

Spurs’ defending was a late Christmas gift for Tuchel – but the Chelsea manager will hope he does not have to rely on generosity going forward as he looks to maximise the potential of a strike force that cost a combined £213.5million.

It has been of great frustration to Tuchel that he has rarely been able to name a consistent attack, with £97.5m Romelu Lukaku, £71m Havertz and £45m Timo Werner all spending prolonged periods on the side-lines.

With Mason Mount also absent for spells, Chelsea have been forced to mix and match up front.

The quartet have scored a combined 28 goals this season, but have had little chance to build up an understanding, with Tuchel only able to start any three of the four on seven occasions in 33 matches.

He has rarely complained about the injuries or Covid-related absences of his front men – but it has proved particularly costly as Chelsea’s title challenge has fallen away over the past month.

Now, with the chance secure a place Wembley in the Carabao Cup Final, and the Club World Cup coming up next month, Tuchel can finally look forward to honing an attack that has consistently been the problem area of his squad.

The club record signing of Lukaku from Inter Milan was expected to be a game-changer – but an ankle injury and issues integrating the Belgium international into Chelsea’s system have made for an underwhelming start to his second spell at the club.

 (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

The 28-year-old’s controversial interview with Italian TV recently has not helped either – but Tuchel remains convinced he will add a new dimension to his team.

“Once he adapts to the physical style of the league there is no doubt he will score and have a huge impact,” he said. “I can only tell everybody we will not reinvent his style or reinvent the player. He can simply be Romelu and then we are all fine and then he will score because this is what he always does.

“Nothing helps more than goals with strikers. There is no talk, no video that can build up the same trust, the same feeling as a goal.

“It is not important if it is a beautiful goal or just a normal one, they need to put the ball over the line. Nothing helps more than that.”

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