Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel gives frustrated response to transfer question amid Blues’ woes

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he’s keen to bolster his squad before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month – but also hinted that he’s not “convinced” that he’ll get his wish.

The Blues have seen their title challenge implode in recent weeks after a string of abject results.

The loss of key personnel, such as Ben Chilwell and Reece James, has seriously hampered Chelsea’s ability to keep pace with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City at the summit of the Premier League.

Tuchel has also been forced to change shape in recent weeks after running out of fit wing-backs.

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But despite that, the Blues have so far been quiet in the transfer market – and Tuchel has offered no guarantees that will change in the final days of the winter window.

“I cannot say no to it. Also, I am not convinced it is a clear yes,” the Blues boss said when he was quizzed on any potential new recruits prior to Chelsea’s derby clash against Tottenham on Sunday.

The Blues boss had previously talked down the need for any new signings earlier this month – but that stance has seemingly now changed.

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Chelsea decided against making a move for former Everton full-back Lucas Digne, who had been earmarked as a potential replacement for Chilwell. He instead wrapped up a £25million move to Aston Villa last week.

But since then, the Blues have been rebuffed in their attempts to recall left wing-back Emerson Palmieri from a season-long loan stint in France with Lyon.

And it appears that their inability to recall the Italian international has played a part in Tuchel seemingly backtracking on comments he made following Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City earlier this month.

Prior to losing a host of defenders, the Blues had seen their attacking ranks decimated by a Covid outbreak while they also had to negotiate an injury crisis in midfield earlier in the season.

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Tuchel touched on that last weekend when he said: “Of course we will try to improve, but if you mean do we need other players, I think we just need our whole squad.”

“Were Liverpool able to compete last year for the title? No. The only real difference was that they were lacking Virgil van Dijk.

“I said it many times, key players are key players because they are key in everything they do and every way in which they behave.

“To compete and do what we need to do for 90 minutes, we need everyone and we’ve struggled because of long-term injuries and Covid.

“Still we are reliable and still we want to push ourselves, and still we will not make excuses. It’s just to explain the situation.”

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