“We need a left-footer” – Tuchel tells Todd Boehly the position he must strengthen

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has told new owner Todd Boehly that he’s keen on strengthening the left side of the Chelsea defence.

Thomas Tuchel has said that he wants a natural left-footer to replace Antonio Rudiger in that position.

Chelsea have succeeded with the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly, but Tuchel has insisted that quality transfer signings must be done this summer.

“We are looking for guys who can play on the left side,” Tuchel stated.

“Toni [Rudiger] played on the left side and was not a left-footed guy, so maybe Kalidou can play there because he plays in a back-four on the left side, but let’s see what is possible.

“It is not only about bringing players in for numbers; we need numbers, we also need quality so we will make some decisions late, not only about players but also about systems. Ideally we would have a left-footer.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal has shown a lot of lapses in the team, and Tuchel said after that game that it was imminent to strengthen the team.

“My analysing of the season does not change because of this game. Unfortunately, it proved my point,” he said.

“Last week proves my point. I would absolutely prefer not to be right. I did everything to prove myself wrong, but at the moment, I feel that I was right.

“I look at the last season and parts of the game where we struggled, parts of the season where we struggled, and then we got sanctioned and players left us and some players are trying to leave us, and this is where it is.

“So we had an urgent appeal for quality players, a huge amount of quality players. We got two quality players, but we are not competitive like this. Unfortunately, you could see it today.”