Thomas Tuchel reveals his “ruthlessly efficient” Chelsea side are “carrying” key members

Tuchel made his first marquee signing as Chelsea manager this summer as he enticed former Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku to Stamford Bridge for the second time in the Belgian’s career for a fee of £98m.

Lukaku has taken to life back at Chelsea in his stride, notching three goals in four Premier League games and as a result pushed Werner out of the starting eleven, while Havertz is left to compete with the likes of Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic for limited attacking midfield places.

If I could describe them [Chelsea] in one way it would be: efficient,” Owen told Premier League Productions.

“They do not look like conceding a thing, they don’t look like scoring five or six goals, but they’re just brutal, ruthlessly efficient at the moment.

“They’ve got a centre-forward now [Lukaku], who you expect to cause danger every time he gets the ball, a focal point they can hit it to, they’ve got runners off him, they can cross the ball and expect him to be in there.

“They’ve got a very solid base in midfield, big squad, they just look like they’re a well-oiled machine at the minute.

Even one or two injuries, as long as it’s not to the main man up front, they look like they’ve got cover in every position.”

Owen did go on to address the big-money signings of last summer, explaining: “They’re actually carrying one or two players that aren’t really hitting it off; Werner’s not been a good signing as of yet, question marks about Havertz, he keeps playing him but I’m waiting to see him put in some really good performances.

“So there’s still a couple of players you expect to see a bit more out of, but even without them they are just steamrolling .


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