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Thomas Tuchel hits back at Gary Neville's claims that Chelsea are 'panicking' in the transfer market

Thomas Tuchel hits back at Gary Neville’s claims Todd Boehly is ‘panic’ in the transfer market as he defends Chelsea’s ‘fantastic’ new owner despite missing multiple goals

  • Chelsea owner Todd Boehly experiences his first transfer market at the club
  • Gary Neville Said Boehly Treats Chelsea Like He’s Playing Football Manager
  • Tuchel says he has ‘nothing but compliments and the utmost respect for Todd’
  • The German added that he has an open line of communication with the owner

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Thomas Tuchel has launched a strong defense of ‘super hardworking’ new Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Egbali after pundit Gary Neville called the former ‘panic’, claiming ‘looks like he wants to play Football Manager’.

As well as being part of the consortium with Clearlake Capital that has acquired the club, Boehly has also taken on transfer responsibilities as interim sporting director.

Left-back Marc Cucurella became Chelsea’s biggest signing of the summer on Friday when he joined from Brighton on a deal worth up to £62million.

Thomas Tuchel has defended new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly amid criticism from Gary Neville

Thomas Tuchel has defended new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly amid criticism from Gary Neville

Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Gabriel Slonina and Carney Chukwuemeka have all made the switch to Stamford Bridge as well.

But in a hectic transfer window, they have also missed a number of players, including Raphinha, Jules Kunde and Nathan Ake.

Chelsea’s approach to the transfer market and wide range of goals led to criticism from Neville, but Tuchel said:

‘In a panic? No, I would describe it as working super hard and learning on the job. The transfer market is one of the hardest things you can do when you come from outside, but I have nothing but compliments and the utmost respect for Todd.”

Gary Neville suggested co-owner Todd Boehly 'wants to play Football Manager' at Chelsea

Gary Neville suggested co-owner Todd Boehly 'wants to play Football Manager' at Chelsea

Gary Neville suggested co-owner Todd Boehly ‘wants to play Football Manager’ at Chelsea

But Tuchel labeled Boehly, who completed his acquisition in May, as 'super hardworking'

But Tuchel labeled Boehly, who completed his acquisition in May, as 'super hardworking'

But Tuchel labeled Boehly, who completed his acquisition in May, as ‘super hardworking’

‘I don’t know when they sleep, I think they may never sleep. We have a very honest, open and direct line of communication and the transfers so far speak for themselves.

‘Of course we are delayed. No one is to blame for that delay because of the sanctions, which led to the loss of key players. But both owners who are involved in the day-to-day business are doing great so far.’

Chelsea finished third in the Premier League last season behind runaway title contenders Manchester City and Liverpool.

Tuchel was asked if he believed his side was capable of taking home the trophy this year, but seemed to suggest it would be unlikely.

Chelsea have missed important goals this summer, such as Raphinha coming to Barcelona

Chelsea have missed important goals this summer, such as Raphinha coming to Barcelona

Chelsea have missed important goals this summer, such as Raphinha coming to Barcelona

“I don’t want to limit our expectations now or put too much pressure on ourselves,” admitted the German. ‘I don’t think that would help us. I believe we are a club in transition, a team in transition and at the same time I don’t want to limit ourselves from the start and say it’s not possible.

‘Who knows what’s possible? It is possible [to go] both ways, so we have to be humble and do our best to be the best version of ourselves. We have the capacity to win matches and win consecutive matches.

“We are very aware of the quality of Liverpool and Manchester City, of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United. Normally one or two teams will surprise and perform better. That’s why the Premier League is so exciting.’

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