Chelsea’s Strikers Must Match The Threat Of Wing-Backs, According To Thomas Tuchel

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Thomas Tuchel urges us to think about things in new ways. Half of Chelsea’s 26 goals in the Premier League and Champions League this season have come from defenders, but Tuchel had a different perspective after seeing Reece James smash up the right flank and score two cracking goals in Saturday’s 3-0 win against Newcastle.

The tendency, according to the German, is due to the positional freedom he has granted his wing-backs. Tuchel now considers Marcos Alonso, Ben Chilwell, and James to be midfielders rather than defenders, and it’s not as if the European champions anticipated a huge amount of their goals to come from the back after spending £97.5 million on Romelu Lukaku in the summer.

“If you want to reach the highest level in any competition you need consistent goalscoring threat from your strikers,” Tuchel said, speaking as he prepared for Chelsea’s visit to Malmö in the Champions League on Tuesday night. “We hope we can have our strikers at the end of the season on top of the list.”

It’s a common mantra from Tuchel, who recognized something had to change after Jorginho led Chelsea in Premier League scoring with seven goals last season. If Chelsea were to fight for the title, he believed an elite forward was essential, and buying Lukaku, who had two spectacular seasons for Internazionale, was intended to be the final piece in the jigsaw.

source : Guardian sport

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