Thomas Tuchel fires warning ahead of new season

Thomas Tuchel training
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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he’s taking the new season seriously.

Chelsea finished third last campaign, and after a bright start in the title race, the Blues ended up 19 points behind leaders Manchester City.

Manchester City and Liverpool are seen as the favourites yet again to win the league next season, but Thomas Tuchel is indeed motivated to challenge them.

The German boss is keen on seeing his team strengthened, and has already hailed the signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City.

Nathan Ake is also expected to join from City, while Kalidou Koulibaly is almost a done deal from Napoli.

Tuchel has said that the stakes are high for next season.

“The stakes are high and we’re competing not only against the best teams who have ever played in the Premier League but also the best coaches,” said Tuchel.

“We come from sanctions, we come from losing top-quality players, key players, we are a club in transition, in transition of ownership, we were behind in the transfer race and we were behind in the table. So we have things to improve.

“The signing of Raheem shows what we’re capable of doing, it shows the ambition of the club and the ownership and it’s good because we’re all here to win and compete.

“We love to compete and we love the challenge at the very top. For that we need signings of new quality players or otherwise there’s no chance.”