Thomas Tuchel is assiduously assembling a Chelsea team in his image. The German gaffer, freed from the shackles of Roman Abramovic’s whimsical ways, seems to be finally enjoying the freedom of Stamford Bridge. The Blues, now under Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali’s ownership, seem keener to recruit as per Tuchel’s wishes. The new mantra has brought Raheem Sterling to West London. Further, Kalidou Koulibaly looks set to trade the seaside hubbub of Naples for the comforts of upmarket London.

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The transfers have the obsessive tactician in better spirits compared to the unease of having to integrate a lumbering Lukaku from a year ago. Throwing around buzzwords such as ‘super happy’ and ‘big improvement’, the 48-year-old is skipping through daisies. However, he warned that more quality is needed to build a trophy-winning squad:

“It’s no secret we lost top players and we need to replace them. Even if they’d have stayed, we needed improvement to close the gap so we need now even more. We have top players and even more importantly we have a top team. But if we bring players in we need top quality with top character and then you’re talking about the very, very best who play this game.” said Tuchel to SkySports.

Seemingly content with his attacking options, an outright striker isn’t a priority for the Blues boss:

“I would not rule it out [signing another striker] but right now it is not the priority. The priority right now is defence, it’s not a secret. From there we need to see what’s possible,” conceded Tuchel.

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The twin departures of defensive mainstays Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have left the Chelsea bulwark a tad broken. Koulibaly’s impending arrival does add some steel, but Tuchel isn’t satisfied. Without an assured goalscorer, however, the possibility of Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski donning the Chelsea blues cannot be discounted entirely. But the probability is next-to-nil -as far as CR7 is concerned- if transfer mole Fabrizio Romano is to be believed.