Thomas Tuchel insists he is happy with the all-round performances of his Chelsea attackers, but admits he is looking to find ‘solutions’ to their recent lack of goals.
Chelsea have enjoyed a wonderful upturn in results since the German’s appointment at the end of January and are unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions, form which has seen them move into the top four of the Premier League, progress to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and hold a 1-0 advantage over Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Key to the Blues’ upturn has been their impressive defensive record, keeping 10 clean sheets and conceding just two goals since Tuchel was brought in. At the other end though, they haven’t been able to make their domination count, scoring just five times in their last six outings.
Timo Werner’s struggles since moving to the Premier League have been well publicised, while Tuchel doesn’t seem to fancy Tammy Abraham, the German opting to play Kai Havertz as a false nine in recent matches.
The papers have been awash with speculation about a move for Erling Haaland in the summer, though Tuchel is determined to find internal ‘solutions’ to improve his side’s attacking output.
“In general I’m happy because we don’t only look at the output, how much they score, how much they assist,” Tuchel said, following the 0-0 draw with Leeds, as per the Mirror.
“Of course this is something, some statistic to which every striker is attached and everybody needs to have the mentality to cope with the pressure that comes along with statistics. It’s like this in high-level football.
“But I have to say at the moment everybody is working hard, nobody is lazy, nobody is taking their time outs when we’re defending. We’re defending high, we’re defending as a block.
“We’re still looking a little bit for the breakthrough for one or two guys to go on a run and score consistently.
“Obviously that’s not the case at the moment and we will not stop pushing and stop looking for solutions to create more clear chances for them.
“That’s the way it is, but there’s no need now to reflect for the summer or reflect on solutions other than the solutions that we have.
“We have guys we are happy with and who have the potential to be more decisive, and we will try to help them.”