Thomas Tuchel happy to focus on coaching instead of transfers at Chelsea
Thomas Tuchel has said he has no intention of ruining the positive atmosphere at Chelsea by getting involved in disputes over transfers.
Tuchel, who had a reputation as a fiery character at Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund, does not want to do anything to disturb the peace at Stamford Bridge. The manager has made a stunning impact since arriving near the end of the January transfer window and he feels that not having to worry about recruitment has allowed him to embrace the simplicity of coaching.
“Transfer periods can be mood breakers,” Tuchel said. “It was very tough to leave my family in Paris. This made it a huge simplicity here because it has been only about coaching. No second thoughts about bringing somebody in or letting somebody go.
“We have stepped in to do what we can do best. A big part of my personality is on coaching and guiding my team and pushing it to the limit, no matter if we win or lose. I have zero ambition to ruin this atmosphere for myself or anybody else.
“Do we have some ideas how to improve the squad? Yes, but will we fight about it? No. We will discuss it and first of all we will finish this season. I embrace the simplicity. I hope I can continue to live like this because it is pure fun.”
Previous Chelsea managers have clashed with the hierarchy over transfers but Tuchel says he is relaxed about the club’s structure. The 47-year-old has focused on coaching and could win his first trophy in England when he faces Leicester in the FA Cup final on Saturday.
Chelsea, who host Arsenal on Wednesday evening, are also on the verge of finishing in the top four after beating Manchester City in a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final. They fought back from a goal down to win and Tuchel wants Callum Hudson-Odoi to keep pushing himself after an impressive cameo against City.
Hudson-Odoi has often played as a wing-back for Tuchel and he has found himself on the bench recently. But the 20-year-old did well as a No 10 against City.
“On the inside position where he played against Man City, this is maybe his best position,” Tuchel said. “The big change he had when we brought him on was that it was not only one action that he had, but it was two or three accelerations.
“Callum needs to understand how to use his potential. He needs to understand how to push himself to the absolute limit and not be happy with 80, 85, 90, 95%. Once he does this he will leave his footprint.”
Milan are confident of completing the permanent signing of Fikayo Tomori if they qualify for the Champions League. The Chelsea centre-back has impressed since joining on loan in January and scored in a crucial 3-0 win against Juventus last Sunday.
The victory moved Milan up to third with three games left. Milan have an option to buy the 23-year-old for £25m and they will be in a better financial position to complete the deal if they are in the Champions League.