Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has insisted that Chelsea were right to sell club’s academy products Marc Guehi and Tino Livramento last summer.
Chelsea made £23m from the sale of the two players, as Guehi moved to Crystal Palace and Livramento moved to Southampton.
The two Cobham graduates have developed into top players for their respective clubs, but Tuchel has insisted the club made the right decision.
“For Marc Guehi it is a fantastic development,” said Tuchel at his pre-match press conference.
“It is impossible now to say if we kept him he would have been better, been worse or been the same.
“Maybe he needed that (to leave). Maybe he needed the change of environment, a different club, a different role, more minutes to develop your full potential.
“It just tells you over and over again that if you trust younger players and have a role for them, they can on a very regular level match expectations and even over perform. It’s nice to see so many Chelsea players out there in every league.
“We are well aware for it. It is nice to play against them and see them develop.”
On Livramento, Tuchel added: “It is a decision we took together and are happy about these decisions. You cannot go back and reflect at this point.
“When we took the decisions it was the right thing to do given the circumstances. For example, individual decisions.
“For Tino Livramento, we had a plan and we wanted, preferred a loan. He saw his future to go and the situation was then better to agree to the sale.”