Thomas Tuchel reviews Chelsea's 4-0 win against Juventus
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Chelsea are renowned for their brilliant homegrown talent coming through the ranks. Currently, the Blues’ prised possessions lie in the centre of the park with Conor Gallagher, on loan at Crystal Palace, and Billy Gilmour, on loan at Norwich, but manager Thomas Tuchel would like to add Barcelona’s Gavi to his list of young, talented midfielders next season.
Chelsea currently have a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League table and are also one of the favourites for the Champions League, which is a real credit to their strength in depth.
Tuchel’s side have been without strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner since the 20th of November but still not struggled to find the back of the net.
Instead, Kai Havertz has deployed as a makeshift centre forward and the wide players have all chipped in with crucial games, including the fringe players who don’t often feature regularly.
Former PSG boss Tuchel has clearly seen that it is his squad’s depth that are helping him remain competitive, but he may miss out on signing Barca academy product Gavi.
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The Spanish midfielder has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with Roman Abramovich reportedly interested in paying whatever financially stricken Barca require to secure the signature of the exciting young prospect.
However, Spanish news outlets Mundo Deportivo has reported that the Catalan giants are already in talks with Gavi’s agent to renew the 17-year-old’s contract at the Camp Nou.
Gavi has been a revelation since stepping into the first team this season, featuring in eleven of Barcelona’s 13 league games and impressing with his passing range, energy and maturity beyond his years.
As it stands, Gavi’s contract expires in 2023 but Barca want to extend that deal and also add a very significant release clause.
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The Blues already have an abundance of talent in midfield, with Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley and Mason Mount all battling it out for a spot in the starting eleven, as well as on loan Saul Niguez.
But the news that Chelsea are in the market for another midfielder despite their already talented ranks may be bad news for Gilmour and Gallagher.
The pair are both out on loan at Premier League outfits, and the latter has massively impressed.
Gallagher has scored four and assisted three in 11 Premier League appearances for the Eagles which earned him an England debut in the most recent World Cup qualifiers.
Rumours have circulated that the 21-year-old could seek a move away from Chelsea at the end of the season due to how his chances could be scarce when he returns, but Petr Cech has silenced those doubts.
Writing in his column on the Chelsea club website, the former goalkeeper said: “Once you start to play regularly in the Premier League and show what you can do, that gives you all these chances to be selected. If you have the opportunity to do it when on loan, you can come back to Chelsea in a much better and stronger position.
“Conor will come back to us in a completely different situation than he was six months ago and that’s the beauty of it.
Cech’s comments certainly indicate that Gallagher does have a future at the club once he returns from Selhurst Park, and the news that he won’t be battling it out for a starting spot with Gavi could be encouraging for the former West Brom loanee.
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