Chelsea and Tuchel’s transfer priority emerges in Liverpool draw | Football | Sport


Havertz’s elegance and tidy touches as a false nine are wonderful on the eye, yet only Tuchel and the young German knows whether he should be creating chances or getting himself on the end of them. The west Londoners desperately miss Ben Chilwell and Reece James, but no team forks out almost £100m on a striker so the wing-backs can carry the attacking burden.

Chelsea is a club stockpiled with young, tenacious, and versatile technicians, but very few natural born finishers. But their attacking thrust, and penetration seems to have withered since James and Chilwell’s side-lining. Too many Chelsea players are too content with receiving the ball in front of the defence, rather than beyond enemy lines where the two full-backs were so dangerous.

Liverpool and Chelsea deployed a furious high-line in the first-half, resulting in a furious, basketball style match with chances proceeding every single attack. However, the intensity and the speed plateaued in the second half, resulting in Klopp and Tuchel’s sides creating very little.

Tuchel had little choice but to exclude Lukaku from the squad against Liverpool. Starting the Belgian after he criticised his tactics and revealed his desire to one day return to Inter would have made Tuchel look weak, despite the exceptional circumstances haunting the Premier League.

However, the complete dearth of natural strikers and goal scorers could very well be a huge concern the west Londoners must address in the window.

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