Tuchel reveals the players he needs to have a successful season

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he doesn’t need to go into the January transfer window to buy players in order to have a strong squad.

Chelsea have been linked with some activities in the January transfer market in order to strengthen the team in absence of some key players.

However, Tuchel has said that what he really needs is for his key players to be available for the most part of the season, as he claims that Liverpool couldn’t compete last season due to the unavailability of Virgil van Dijk.

“Of course we will try to improve but if you mean do we need other players, I think we just need our whole squad,” said Tuchel.

“Were Liverpool able to compete last year for the title? No. The only real difference was that they were lacking Virgil Van Dijk.

“I’ve said it many times, key players are key players because they are key in everything they do and every way in which they behave.

“Our team is a strong team and I love the ambition, I love the attitude and hunger with which we are playing. We are still brave and we are still up for a good fight, and you can trust anyone you put on the pitch. It’s a pleasure to be at the sideline.

“But it’s different if, as a player, you have to fight every single day for your place, and this is not the case in our team for too long. If you have a negative test and you are fit you have huge chances of being in the line-up.”

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