Homas Tuchel has said Chelsea may still need another centre-back in the transfer market after admitting to using cold showers to deal with the heat of the club’s summer activities.
The Blues’ spending topped £165m after they announced their fifth signing of the window, bringing in Marc Cucurella for £62m from Brighton.
Chelsea still have several goals on their agenda and are negotiating the costly and difficult transfer of Leicester defender Wesley Fofana.
Speaking at Cobham on Friday, Tuchel explained why Chelsea have pulled out of a deal for Barcelona defender Jules Kounde, but still want another to come.
“This [Cesar] Azpi[licueta] remained, in fact the best position for Jules Kounde, these discussions had an effect and it is also Trevoh Chalobah’s position if we play in a back three,” Tuchel told reporters.
“Mark [Cucurella] can play in defense three on the left, Kalidou [Koulibaly] can play left of a three. Thiago Silva, who is not Benjamin Button and who is not getting any younger, unfortunately, even if sometimes it looks like it.
“Maybe we bring one more player, maybe not. Still, we have Malang Sarr with us and Ethan Ampadu still with us. We have options but at the same time we know how many games are coming. So let’s see if we can sign a player”.
A lot has changed since the Boehly-Clearlake consortium bought Chelsea for £4.25billion from Roman Abramovich.
Manager Marina Granovskaia and adviser Petr Cech have stepped down from their transfer work and have been replaced by Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, who are personally handling matters for them.
It has created stress for Tuchel with a new way of working and how his opinion on football carries more weight with the departure of experienced operators.
However, he found ways to calm down and put on a good face only during his team’s pre-season tour of the United States.
“I calmed down,” he added. “You can get lost in all these names and opportunities and suddenly you end up playing a 2-7-1 or whatever and you have to refocus and take a cold shower and calm down or I have to do it and then you go’ alright’, let’s get back to where we needed to.
“What do we need for the team and what kind of personality and what kind of talent do we need?” And that’s more or less how it goes.
“It was quite turbulent here too, I have to say. And boot camp was full of news, no news, new news and breaking news and a change of plans and finding my role in it.
“But what was very obvious from the start, and I was right, was that Todd and Behdad wanted to do it right for Chelsea and for this team. It’s very ambitious, they work hard, they want it. demanding of everyone so it wasn’t a problem but it was rowdy at times and distracting at times and not 100% calm.
“Seeing that we are succeeding in the market has also calmed me down and there have been give and take for everyone.”