Thomas Tuchel has admitted that Chelsea are missing Petr Cech’s impact at the club, saying ‘we miss him a lot’.
The Blues’ legend left his role as technical and performance advisor following Todd Boehly’s completed takeover of the club earlier this summer.
Cech had played a key role in the club’s transfer efforts under former director Marina Granovskaia, spending three years in the role.
His responsibilities were to provide advice and guidance on all football-related matters after making 333 appearances for the club, and according to Tuchel, his input both on and off the pitch has been a big miss for the club.
Speaking to the press, Tuchel said: “We miss him a lot.
“I saw him in the last few days, and he knows from me directly that we miss him a lot. I know a lot of people miss him a lot.
“He was here on a daily basis in the training centre, and he was the person who lived the values and attitude of what it takes to be a top competitor for Chelsea every day.
“He was very impressive, a huge help for me, and enormous support I never experienced before, in all honesty. Maybe this is his key quality.
“In all his effort, he is humble and super honest. We had a fantastic relationship, but we have to respect his decision.
“Maybe now we need to sort things out, everything is new, the line of communication is new, everybody needs to step up in the staff, not only me, in responsibility. There we go.”
Asked if he’s confident about bringing in more signings, Tuchel added: “It is what it is.
“We will not panic, and we will not do things [for the sake of it]. We will not try to sign players that we are not 100% convinced. All signings so far are fantastic signings that help us.
“To be very honest, it is day-by-day business now to coach the team which is here and not lose your head as a coach about what could be.
“What sense does it make if I lose my head in the office and think about players that are not here?
We are ambitious and work hard to strengthen our squad further, but we are calm, all the energy and ambition goes into the group that is here. We still have time. Maybe I can answer that question more precisely in September.”
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