Tuchel: It’s not easy to lose these 3 players

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted he has found the departures of Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri difficult.

Not because they had starring roles in the side but because of what they brought to his squad.

Tuchel said: “You might think it was easy to lose them, but every loss from the group means something to the energy, to the chemistry, with whom were they are friends? With whom did they connect? Who were they pushing? Who was pushing them?

“Guys like Emerson, like Tammy Abraham, like Oli Giroud. They were hugely involved in this group and a big part of the success. But change is a process.

“Once you bring players for the amount of money but also of the status and the quality [of Lukaku] then of course expectations do not get lower. It’s actually the same for us. My expectations do not get lower so let’s be positive about it and do our best.”

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