Tuchel plays down fears he won’t offer path for Chelsea academy stars


ew Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has insisted that he will push the club’s academy stars to force their way into the first team.

Concerns were raised among the fanbase that the sacking of Frank Lampard, who championed the academy while under a transfer ban and settled a number of young stars into the side, would see the Blues revert to form and not tap the resources in their youth setup.

However, in an interview with the club media team, Tuchel – who admitted it was “unfair” to leave Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Reece James on the bench for his first game against Wolves – says it is “crucial” to bring young players through.

“I like that we have not only young players but young players from the academy which is crucial for me in any club in the world,” said the German.

“Chelsea is famous for having one of the best academies in Europe, so there must be a way that we push the guys.

“We can never forget that it takes some time to be part of the one of the most demanding teams in the world and of course we play for titles and results, so if you want to make it here it’s one of the biggest challenges for a youngster.

“But we will never stop pushing them, we will guide them, we will help them, and we have a lot of young players especially up front.

“We have a lot of young players from Germany and other foreign countries and not only from the academy and that excites us because it’s nice to guide them, to help them and to teach them and to follow their development. 

“For me it’s a feeling you get when you have hungry players who have to earn their results and earn their titles here, and didn’t do it in the other clubs but want to do it here.

“It’s set for me basics for a certain spirit for a certain style and that means we want to show a certain intensity and hunger to make our supporters proud of us.”

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