It’s fair to say Thomas Tuchel was not a happy man in the aftermath of Chelsea’s draw with Brighton on Wednesday.
The Blues went into the match without a host of players, with some injured and some sidelined due to testing positive for coronavirus – and in the game, it got worse for Tuchel.
Reece James and Andreas Christensen were both forced off in the first half through injuries, adding to the ever-growing absentee list of Timo Werner (Covid), Ben Chilwell (ankle injury) and Thiago Silva (hamstring injury).
Speaking after the game, when asked about Chelsea’s title challenge, Tuchel was furious in his response.
He said: “How should we be in it (the title race)? We have seven Covid cases. We have five or six players out for six or more weeks. How should we compete in a title race?
“Everyone else who has a full squad, everybody in training has the full power to come through this league. We would be stupid to think we can do it out of Covid and injuries. Just play and everybody would be stupid to do it without 23 fit players.”
So, with the January transfer window officially opening on Saturday, Tuchel could liaise with club director Marina Granovskaia as the German coach looks to bolster his squad options in order to compete at the top for the remainder of the season.
And it turns out Tuchel may have already hinted that Chelsea could indeed do some business in the January window.
Speaking in November about whether Chelsea will reignite their interest in Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, Tuchel insisted that opinions on players can change between windows, and that things would be based on the situation at the present time.
He said: “I think every transfer period you need to evaluate again. You cannot say what we wanted in the summer, we do in the winter. And what we want to do in winter, we want to do the next summer. It is not like this.
“Your opinion changes, players change, you have evolvement in the group, you have an atmosphere that you build, you see who is absolutely reliable and these connections build up and create something special hopefully in the group.
“So you cannot say what we tried in the summer did not happen so we will try again for sure in the winter. Sometimes it is like this. If we see the same need.”