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Chelsea are set to return to action as the Premier League action resumes after the international break.
The Blues are set to face West Brom at the Stamford Bridge and ahead of the match head coach Thomas Tuchel has talked to the press, revealing transfer plans, injury updates and more.
On Erling Haaland interest, Blues boss said:
“I will not answer that out of respect for the player and Borussia Dortmund. There is big news around him and his agent. It seems like they are creating a race for the player and I will fully accept this a player for Borussia Dortmund, a promising player of course.
“But he isn’t our player and is not in our squad. So we will not comment on anything else regarding Haaland.”
On summer transfer plans, Tuchel said:
“We have to wait. It’s another strange situation with the pandemic. It is necessary that we need to adapt and be patient. Is there a market? How does it look? What can we invest in? Are there chances to generate money with interest in our players? Can other clubs buy our players?
“The situation is not clear and so for me, it’s best to be patient and I agree with the club in this. We have to fully trust the guys we have. We have eight decisive weeks of decisive matches in which we can achieve our goals.
“My trust and concentration is on the players that are here.”
The German coach has also talked about Sergio Aguero links:
“You can ask but it’s the same answer as Haaland. We have full respect for Manchester City and Sergio Aguero, who is a big player for them. There is no words needed for me about the achievements of this guy, he is a world-class player.
“But we have three competitions in which we are in with Manchester City so I will not speak about their player.”
On whether N’Golo Kante will miss the clash vs Porto, Tuchel said:
“Yes, probably. He is doing individual training and tomorrow the game and he can’t be with the squad.
“Then we have just three days to prepare. We have a muscle injury, as we communicated with the national team. So my realistic approach is to think about Porto, maybe the second game against Porto.”
On Timo Werner’s horror miss for Germany, Chelsea boss said:
“It was a bad pass from Ilkay Gundogan is how I see it! I’m only joking. He missed that chance and everybody is passionate to talk about it which is a bit annoying. It’s easy at the moment to point the finger at Timo, which I can’t understand. I am happy he is back here.
“To look at it honestly, he is in a moment where he lacks confidence and things aren’t too easy. The goals are not working out as usual but he works out for us. He still scores for us, still assists for us, still wins penalties. If this is the most critical point of his career you can say it’s still pretty impressive so far.
“Timo has scored since he was five years old and he never stopped. So he can trust his brain and body, it will come back. That’s easier said than done. Yesterday I sent him in from training because he wanted to do extra finishing with us. But I sent him in because it will come. The goals will come.
“Of course, he needs to do something and the best thing to do is to work hard. Work hard against the ball, make runs, don’t hesitate, be fearless, don’t overthink it. That’s easy for me to say but it’s the challenge right now. Timo will start tomorrow and there we go.”