Tuchel reveals the issue he has with the Chelsea academy

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Under Frank Lampard, the former Blues boss had a reputation for giving youngsters a chance and he seemed to have an eye on the academy.

When Chelsea appointed Thomas Tuchel to take charge of the club, there were fears that the German boss would only go for the experienced lads, especially after his first game where he went for an all experienced team.

However, Tuchel has now revealed that he’s keen on the academy as well and calls it the future of the Chelsea team. He also gave a free hand to the academy coaches, saying that his office is open to them at any time. He admitted that the Covid restrictions have made it difficult to fully spend time with the academy team.

He said: “The door is always open in my office for the coaches, officials from the academy.

“I love to watch their training, in-house games on the other pitches, which is unfortunately not allowed at the moment because we are in the bubble so it is a bit more difficult than usual.

“My belief is that is the backbone of any club, the more guys you have arrive in the first team, the better it is for the club.”

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