New Chelsea signing Aubameyang to 'add firepower' to forward line
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Chelsea hero Joe Cole has warned Thomas Tuchel that he must turn the club’s fortunes around immediately following the backing from new owner Todd Boehly. Chelsea have had an underwhelming start to the Premier League season and were fortunate to collect their third win against West Ham last weekend.
The Blues spent around £270million on new signings in the summer. It was the first window under Boehly’s ownership following Roman Abramovich’s much-publicised departure.
Wesley Fofana was the most expensive acquisition, joining for a fee of up to £75million. Tuchel completed late deals for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and midfielder Denis Zakaria to add more depth to his talented squad.
Cole says there is now undoubted pressure on Tuchel to hit the ground running following the closure of the window. He says Chelsea must close the gap on the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool to make the summer spending worthwhile.
Cole said on BT Sport: “Certainly spending that money, the main thing the club needs to do and the reason they have had to spend that money is because of what Manchester City and Liverpool are doing. There is too much of a gap between those two and the rest.
“Chelsea have come in, new owner, exciting and spent the money. So if they want moments from 2021, players are going to have to hit the ground running and Thomas Tuchel is going to have to get them into a system he has worked on over the past 18 months and then these moments can become a normality for the club.”
Chelsea began their Champions League campaign away to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday. Former England striker Peter Crouch believes the Blues have a better chance of winning silverware in Europe than they do in the Premier League.
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Crouch said: “For the Champions League, I believe they are [contenders]. They will be outsiders without a shadow of a doubt, but it definitely helps with having players and a manager that have won it before.
“I think they have more of a chance in the Champions League than the Premier League, I think that will be too much for them. But this is a cup competition towards the end of it and I look at that team and I think, there are players in there well capable of winning the Champions League.”
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