Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has defended the reliance on Raheem Sterling for goals as the team lacks a proper number 9 in the team.

Chelsea was exposed in their last few games and their clash against Leeds United and Blues’ reliance on Sterling to get the goals on weekly basis is not yielding results, with attackers like Kai Havertz, and Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic having their place on the bench.

When asked about his team’s lack of a real number 9 “No, no,” Tuchel responded in his post-match press conference when asked if a lack of a proper number 9 was the issue this weekend. Despite this admission, Tuchel and Todd Boehly now have time to rectify this glaring issue alongside others in the midfield and defence.

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“I don’t know. We need to wait. The transfer period is still open. It gets later and later, and we need to focus on what we have and what we can do,” Tuchel said in relation to the current state of the transfer window.

“We can obviously play at a high level, but we lost track when there was no need. We were not forced to lose track.

Everything was going well. We can win with this team in Leeds, everything was going well, and we had goalscoring opportunities. It went the other way, and I think it was more our fault than anyone else’s credit.”

Up top, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ivan Toney seem the two most likely signings that could be attainable at the right price with the former of the pair the current focus.
Chelsea will up against Leicester City on Saturday in their next Premier League clash.


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