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Thomas Tuchel admits ‘work to do’ as he hints at area Chelsea must improve this summer

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel during Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash against Real Madrid

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted there is a lot of work to be done at his club, hinting that attacking options will be a priority in summer.

Chelsea have struggled to keep up with the pace of Manchester City and Liverpool throughout the season. Currently third in the table, the Blues have won just two of their last seven league games. Defeat to Liverpool in the FA Cup final also confirmed a trophy-less campaign for Tuchel in his first full season in charge.

Following a busy summer, many spectators expected Chelsea to be competing for the title this season. However, with just one game remaining, the club sit 19 points adrift of City at the top.

Tuchel believes that to improve next campaign, there is a lot of business to be completed once the summer window opens.

However, the German coach also acknowledged the difficulty his club have as a result of Government sanctions in place.

Reported by the Evening Standard, Tuchel said: “Is it necessary to bring more offensive players around the box to create more distractions, to create more space for each other? We will ask that question.

“We’re late because other clubs can take players. We have to be fast and smart as soon as the sanctions are lifted… There’s a lot of work to do.”

The UK government imposed sanctions on Chelsea following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

These sanctions will be lifted once a takeover of the club has been completed.

American businessman Todd Boehly is expected to announce the purchase of Chelsea from Roman Abramovich in the coming weeks.

Attacking problems give Thomas Tuchel tactical headache

Chelsea have struggled to commit to a solid attacking line all season, and have suffered the consequences.

The big-money signing of Romelu Lukaku was expected to solve their goalscoring troubles at the start of the season. However, the Belgian forward has instead endured a worrying season at Stamford Bridge, with just eight goals from 26 league games.

As a result, rumours have surfaced of a potential return to Italy this summer. But the 29-year-old took to Instagram recently to distance himself from comments linking him with a move.

His inconsistency has forced Tuchel to reshuffle things up front. Kai Havertz has adopted the role of alternating with Lukaku in striker, netting seven times in the league this season.

Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have both been pushed out wide but have failed to have the same impact as wingers at other clubs in the Premier League.

The only Chelsea player to reach double figures for goals this season in the league is midfielder Mason Mount. The England international leads the way for both goals and assists, with 11 goals and 10 assists this campaign.

With stats like this, it can come as no surprise that Tuchel is desperate for money to be spent on attack once the sanctions are removed.

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