Thomas Tuchel told he can now demand ‘desperate’ signing after Chelsea’s top-four finish

Chelsea: Tuchel opens up on 'edge' ahead of Champions League final

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will now be able to demand the signing of a striker this summer after clinching Champions League qualification, claims former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves. Chelsea lost 2-1 to Aston Villa on Sunday in the final Premier League game of the season. However, Leicester’s 4-2 defeat to Tottenham meant the Blues finished fourth, one place above the Foxes in the table.

Tuchel has led an impressive turnaround at Chelsea, who were ninth when Frank Lampard was sacked in January.

The German has been linked with several big-name strikers already ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland are all targets for the Blues.

And Hargreaves believes Tuchel can now demand a player of that ilk be brought through the door at Stamford Bridge.

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Hargreaves told Premier League Productions: “I think the big thing for Thomas Tuchel will be the fact he can then say to the club: ‘Right get me some players, get me some of my players that can go and make the difference’.

“I think their top scorer had seven goals, Jorginho – that’s crazy for a Champions League team.

“So I think for Tuchel he can say ‘right get me a centre-forward that I desperately want and need’.

“Finishing the season in the Champions League, strengthening his position.

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“He’ll be disappointed [with the defeat] but delighted he can get some players in to bridge the gap.”

Chelsea’s season is not over yet, as they aim to win their second Champions League on Saturday.

Manchester City are their opponents but despite Tuchel beating Pep Guardiola’s side on both occasions since his arrival in England, the German does not think that will be an advantage.

“I don’t know if it’s an advantage but we are aware of it, that we closed the gap to Man City for two games and we did it in a very short period of time, and it’s not so long ago,” Tuchel said.

“We know that in a final anything can happen. Luck is a huge part and the mental approach to it – who can handle the pressure and the little details.

“Who can release the pressure better with the first positive moments in the match and then adapt constantly to what happens. This is very important.

“But those wins helped us a lot to bond, to grow and to arrive with a lot of confidence.

“Man City is the benchmark, again they are the champions and we are the guys who want to hunt them and want to close the gap. We are the guys to challenge them and this is what we’re going to do in Porto.”

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