Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was delighted with the performance of Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Kalidou Koulibaly on Saturday, but with all three backs having a combined age of 100, he knows the club need to secure the next generation of defenders . Chelsea, who beat Everton 1-0 in their Premier League opener, lost 29-year-old Antonio Rudiger and 26-year-old Andreas Christensen at the end of the season before signing Senegal international Koulibaly from Napoli.
“We are so happy to have players like Azpi, Thiago and Kalidou, but it is also important that we have the next generation to possibly take over in the years to come,” the German told https:// www.chelseafc. com/en/news/article/tuchel-praises-experienced-defensive-trio the club website. “The game is very physical and very demanding, that’s the situation, so we need other players to rotate with these guys,” he added.
“In general it’s a fact that we have the back three, the keeper and the double six in Jorginho and N’Golo (Kante) who are all in their thirties. That’s how it is and even though we’re so happy to these guys, we also have to think about the future.”
Chelsea, third last season, host London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
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