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The transfer window remains open, but with the season about to start, Thomas Tuchel has been reviewing the Chelsea trade so far and whether it has worked out as planned.

With work under a government license at the end of last season and the change of ownership, there was a delay before firm intentions could be set and then negotiations for the players could begin. Tuchel describes what followed as “quite turbulent” at times, but is pleased with the outcome.

“We agreed to try to get a small number of names out very soon,” he details. “Then the number of names increased, the number of names we discussed was endless and sometimes it was a bit confusing and distracting, but in the end we managed to get back to focusing on the names we mentioned in the first place, and to stay calm and not get distracted.

“Sometimes you think an opportunity arises, but it’s someone using us to get a better contract somewhere else,” he explained.

‘So it was business as usual for any transfer window, you try some players and you don’t succeed. What makes me very happy is that every player we signed we absolutely wanted him, and we wanted him very early, even if very early because he was late to market.

“We decided very early on that these could be the ones that make our team better and now we have these players, so that’s very promising.”

Tuchel jokes that when he was directly involved in working with names and possibilities, there was a danger of ending up having to select a highly lopsided 2-7-1 formation. He laughs as he says that’s the point of taking a cold shower, calming down, and refocusing on exactly what it takes.

“What was very obvious from the beginning and proved to be correct is Todd’s ambition [Boehly] and behdad [Eghbali] above all to do things well for Chelsea and for this team.
“He’s very ambitious, they work hard and they demand it of everyone, so that wasn’t a problem, but sometimes it was turbulent and sometimes it was also distracting and it wasn’t 100 percent calm.”

“So what helped was the weather, what helped was being back in Cobham, because it calms everyone down because it’s our environment. We know what we are doing now to prepare for our match.

“Seeing that we are successful in the transfer market also calmed me down, so it was like a give and take for everyone. It’s what we want because Chelsea’s strong point was that they were calm not only inside but also outside, and we have to do everything possible to reach that state again.

“We tried to refocus this week completely on Everton and I feel like the team concentrated and everyone calmed down and I’m convinced we’re ready to compete with Everton for the win.”

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