Chelsea invested around 200,000,000 euros last summer in strengthening the midfield and attack. The last line was strengthened by Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, and Malang Sarr, compensation was paid only to Leicester for the services of the left-back (50,200,000 euros).
Often, the mistakes of the central part of the defense were able to cost the Blues points, so one of the main tasks next summer will be to find a solution for the bad game in front of the goal. Four players could initial new collaborations, signings should arrive from Bayern Munich.
The arrival of Thomas Tuchel on the bench also influenced the better games in the defensive part of the team. The German decided to play with three central defenders, in order to give space on the flanks to Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson Odoi, who did very well as an offensive back.
The trio in front of Mendy, lately Kepa, often consisted of Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Andreas Christensen. Christensen also revealed what instructions he received from the former coach of Borussia Dortmund and PSG.
"If you don't have to pass, don't. Wait for someone to come for the ball, try not to make decisions at the last minute. Plan what you want to do and put it into practice," the German told the Danish footballer.
The Chelsea defender also points out that he instilled in them the necessary self-confidence, which certainly helped the Blues to concede only one goal - Rudiger's masterpiece against Sheffield. "He told us to relax and believe in ourselves.
I already played in the middle of the defensive trio and I'm doing well. We are currently playing well and winning. That puts us in a position where we don't have to change much." The Dane, the German (except for the own goal), and the Spaniard played very well and showed the new coach that he can count on them in the new formation.
That is why the Chelsea management has an important decision - the mentioned trio is entering the last year of the contract. Judging by Tuchel's beginnings, they can expect offers for the extension of cooperation as soon as possible.
New contracts and signings
A new contract is also waiting for Thiago Silva. The Brazilian also worked with Tuchel in Paris Saint-Germain, so there is no doubt that he will want to maintain cooperation even after one half-season.
The former captain of the Saints is in the plans of the German expert, the English media reported that the two sides are thinking a lot about extending the cooperation for at least another season and that the first signals are positive.
Thus, the four question marks could be removed very easily. Let's add Kurt Zouma, the scorer of four goals in the Premier League this season. The impression is that the competition is quite high quality, but Tuchel would further strengthen it.
According to the German media, the Chelsea coach wants players in the heart of the defense. The first targets have already escaped the Blues: David Alaba has an agreement with Real Madrid, Dayot Upamecano replaces him at Bayern.
The third option is Niklas Sule The German national team player is in a similar situation as the mentioned quartet of Chelsea players - his current contract expires in the summer of 2022. Bayern is considering two possibilities: they are ready to extend his contract, but if they do not agree, he will end up on the transfer list.
It is clear that they are hoping for another variant at Stamford Bridge. He arrived in Munich from Hoffenheim in the summer of 2017 for 20,000,000 euros, so it should be expected that the new world champion will insist on the return of the invested money. That should not be a problem for Chelsea, especially since the London club is also counting on a payment from Milan.