‘Not even Mourinho can do this’: Chelsea fans react to club’s £75m bid for Josko Gvardiol by coming up with an entire outfield of defenders Thomas Tuchel could play next season, as they poke fun at boss’ ‘dream’ starting XI
- Chelsea have launched a £75m bid for RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol
- They are also set to complete the signing of Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana
- Fans joked Thomas Tuchel could field 10 defenders next season if they both join
- The German is under increasing pressure after Chelsea lost 2-1 to Southampton
Chelsea fans have mocked Thomas Tuchel after it emerged the Stamford Bridge outfit may be able to field a full XI of defenders from the start of next season.
The Blues continue to scramble for signings in the final days of the transfer window, with centre-back Wesley Fofana expected to arrive from Leicester, and the club going in for RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol.
It is expected Croatia star Gvardiol will be loaned back to the German club for the season before he arrives at Stamford Bridge next summer.
Tuchel has come under increasing pressure as manager after the Blues’ dreadful 2-1 defeat to Southampton on Tuesday night.
Thomas Tuchel is under increasing pressure after Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton
Chelsea fans joked Tuchel could field an entire outfield of defenders next season
Tuchel’s side have made a move for £75m-rated RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol
Despite spending well over £150million so far this transfer window with further outlay expected, the German has won just five of his last 14 games in all competitions.
If the two signings do go through, and with Levi Colwill currently out on loan at Brighton, fans raised the prospect of Chelsea fielding an entire outfield of defenders in a line-up next season with Eduoard Mendy behind them in goal.
Supporters across the Premier League were subsequently quick to poke fun at Chelsea and the under-fire Tuchel.
One said: ‘I’m actually starting to believe this is what he’s (Tuchel) planning.’
Another added: ‘We’ve got Super Thomas Tuchel, he knows exactly what we need, Thiago at the back, Koulibaly at the back, Fofana at the back, Cucurella at the back, Reece James at the back, Azpi at the back, Chilwell at the back, Gvardiol at the back.’
Fans poked fun at Tuchel after he has received criticism for Chelsea’s poor results
One fan mocked Tuchel’s style of play after his side lie eighth after the first five league games
If the Gvardiol and Fofana deals are completed, Chelsea could have 10 defenders next year
Another fan referenced the tactics of former two-time Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
A further fan mocked the German about his style of football and said: ‘Tuchel took “Attack wins you matches, Defense wins you titles” too seriously.’
Meanwhile, someone referenced former two-time Chelsea boss Mourinho, with the Portuguese manager often criticised for his negative style of play. They said: ‘I’m not even sure Mourinho can do this.’
The full list of defenders that could be available are: Kalidou Koulibaly, Thiago Silva, Trevor Chalobah, Wesley Fofana, Josko Gvardiol, Cesar Azpilicueta, Reece James, Marc Cucurella, Ben Chilwell and Levi Colwill.
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