Chelsea don’t need open-heart surgery, says Thomas Tuchel | Soccer News

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LONDON: Thomas Tuchel believes Chelsea will only need a ‘facelift’ to succeed next after Ralf Rangnick said opponents Manchester United on Thursday will need ‘open-heart surgery’.
Tuchel’s side head to Old Trafford in a bid to consolidate their hold on third place in the Premier League, while sixth-placed United look certain to miss out on a top-four spot.
Interim United boss Rangnick fears that Erik ten Hag, the Ajax manager who will take charge at Old Trafford from the end of this season, will have to make a major reshuffle of his squad to make the club competitive at the highest level.
By contrast, Tuchel is convinced Chelsea’s needs are only superficial despite an inconsistent season marred by Russian owner Roman Abramovich who put the club up for sale following UK government sanctions against him following the invasion of Russia. Ukraine.
Still awaiting the sale to be finalised, Tuchel has potentially lost ground to rivals Chelsea in planning for signings once the transfer window reopens.
Antonio Rudiger is set to leave for Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer, with fellow centre-back Andreas Christensen heading to Barcelona.
Asked about Chelsea’s needs this summer in light of Rangnick’s comments on the heart operation, Tuchel replied: “Cosmetic surgery. I would be less worried if we still had the same property, if we could rely on our structure.
“As this is also in question, we are not worried, but aware of the danger that the situation may be a little more complex.
“And it can be quite complex if you lose a player like Toni, and maybe you lose another player like Andreas with the kind of quality, and both free…
“It can be quite demanding even if everything else remains in place. So with that in question, it can be a very, very demanding summer.
“I don’t know if surgery is the right term, but I just want to be positive about it and stick to the things we can influence.”



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