Here is your Chelsea morning digest for Tuesday, September 28.
Tuchel accepts errors
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel accepted part of the blame for the west London club’s 1-0 loss to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City over the weekend.
Tuchel said: “NG [N’Golo Kante] ill since some days and I decided to let him start, Jorginho had some problems, Thiago (Silva) could not start maybe this is on me, not the very best choices.”
The former Paris Saint-Germain coach will be hoping his side can bounce back against Italian giants Juventus this week as they face Massimiliano Allegri’s side in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.
Both sides got off to a winning start on matchday one, with the Blues beating Russian outfit Zenit Saint Petersburg 1-0 whilst The Old Lady defeated Swedish club Malmo 3-0.
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Manchester United icon Gary Neville has criticised Tuchel for his tactics during the aforementioned loss to Pep Guardiola’s side.
“I thought Chelsea should’ve changed it,” Neville told his Sky Sports podcast.
“I thought Tuchel – he is one of the bravest managers in the last 12 months in what he’s done – I just thought when it wasn’t working with the two up top and three in midfield, it was quite clear City were getting far too much joy.
“I thought he might have changed it after 20, 25 minutes.
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Chelsea are still keen on signing Monaco starlet Aurelien Tchouameni but face stiff competition for his signature, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato.
The report claims that Juventus are extremely interested in bringing the 21-year-old to Turin next summer if they cannot land Manchester United maestro Paul Pogba, who is out of contract at the end of the current campaign.
The Blues reportedly held an interest in Tchouameni over the course of the summer before instead opting to sign Spanish international Saul Niguez on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid.