It is difficult to tell if Chelsea has made adequate preparations for the challenging race ahead as the new season is ready to begin
Failure to transfer.
Lukaku, Christensen, and Toni Rudiger left Chelsea this summer, yet the Blues received nothing from any of them. Lukaku goes on loan to Inter Milan if Christensen and Toni Rudiger transfer to two La Liga representatives for nothing. With the Belgian striker, even the London squad suffered losses of up to 90 million euros.
It is not reasonable to say that Chelsea “failed” because of significant losses when selling players. Chelsea’s “failure” in the summer transfer market can be attributed to the Blues’ wasted opportunities. All three players, Dembele, Raphinha, and de Ligt, who Chelsea constantly monitors and even has the chance to sign, declined to dock at Stamford Bridge. Raphinha and Dembele were once extremely close friends with Chelsea, but ultimately both chose Barcelona.
Jules Kounde’s situation is the most sour. For the most of the negotiations, Chelsea “led” Barca. The Catalan squad executed a “final” surprise, robbing Kounde in front of the British envoy, despite President Laporta’s admission that Barcelona had accepted “withdrawal.”
When the Chelsea team paid up to 40 million euros to sign a 31-year-old defender to a 4-year contract with only one year left on his deal with the host team, questions about the transfer of the London team were raised as well. Take control like Koulibaly. Sterling experiences the same situation. Even though the English striker’s contract with Man City still has one year left, it still cost the Blues 56 million euros to sign him.
The London team was readily pressurized by rivals at the negotiation table as a result of the Blues’ repeated losses of top goals during the transfer window. Chelsea is comparable to someone who visits the peach harvest in the afternoon of the 30th; the lovely branches have owners, and the unowned branches also have a high price.
Solutions For Thomas Tuchel.
Coach Tuchel expressed concern for his team following the victory over Udinese, also the final match before the start of the new season: “We are still not quite ready to begin the season. The entire team’s performance against Udinese is admirable. However, we should have scored more goals, and the entire team should have done so.”
Chelsea fans are also concerned about Coach Tuchel’s remarks at this time. In fact, scoring was a major issue for Chelsea even before Tuchel arrived in London. Midfielders have scored the most goals for Chelsea over the last two seasons. In the 2020/2021 season, Jorginho scored 7 goals (all on penalties), while Mason Mount scored 11 goals in the 2021/2022 season.
Despite the disappointment, Lukaku managed to tear the opponent’s net 8 times last season, and the Blues still won tickets to the Champions League with two silver medals in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup at the end of the season. If no other strikers can be found for the remainder of the transfer window, Chelsea will have to rely on young talent Broja or “spray star” Batshuayi.
Chelsea will struggle to progress in the upcoming season’s tournaments if they only believe in Broja and Batshuayi. Not to mention that Timo Werner’s relationship with coach Tuchel has recently deteriorated. To leave the Blues, the German striker wants to play more and accept a pay cut. If Werner “follows” Lukaku back to his old club Leipzig, Chelsea will be in even more trouble.
Chelsea’s defense will also cause some concern among fans ahead of the new season. Koulibaly and Thiago Silva, who are currently considered class in the Blues defense, are both old and can hardly maintain peak form. The remaining players, ranging from Chalobah to Sarr and Ampadu, have only reached a good level and are unlikely to become the mainstay of a large ambitious team like Chelsea.
The 2022/2023 Premier League season will begin a few days later, but Coach Tuchel still has too many problems to solve. Will Tuchel’s tactical abilities be revealed to steer the Chelsea ship through the immediate difficulties, or will the first season under new president Todd Boehly end in the billionaire’s and fans’ disappointment?