Thomas Tuchel has revealed the type of player who remains a target for the squad and has also discussed using a back-four and a three-man defence with wing-backs in the pre-season match against Arsenal.
Raheem Sterling has already been brought in to boost the forward options and Kalidou Koulibaly reinforces the squad in defence, but there is a particular characteristic for the rearguard that is being sought.
‘We are looking for guys who can play on the left side,’ Tuchel stated.
‘Toni [Rudiger] played on the left side and was not a left-footed guy, so maybe Kalidou can play there because he plays in a back-four on the left side, but let’s see what is possible.
It is not only about bringing players in for numbers; we need numbers, we also need quality so we will make some decisions late, not only about players but also about systems. Ideally we would have a left-footer.’
The Blues began with a four-man defence in Orlando on Saturday night, with Thiago Silva paired with Trevoh Chalobah.
After two goals had been conceded against the Gunners by half-time, Cesar Azpilicueta and Malang Sarr were introduced as we switched to a back-three with wing-backs, with Koulibaly later taking over from Thiago Silva.
‘Given the fact that that Kalidou was ready for 25 minutes and who was available, we tried to play 4-4-2,’ Tuchel explained.
‘I think it was not a structural problem as we conceded also two goals [in the second half] with a back five and two no.6s which we are very used to playing. It was the behaviour that was much more important. It is more important how we play in a structure and not so important what we play.