Thomas Tuchel admits he is still ‘waiting for a breakthrough’ from his misfiring Chelsea strikers, but insists he is not thinking about transfer plans for the summer just yet as they continue to struggle for goals.
Results have been impressive for the German since he took over from Frank Lampard in January, with eight wins and four draws from his 12 games in charge in all competitions.
The Blues have conceded just two goals under his management, one of which was an own goal, so he has certainly sorted out the defence, but goals are proving difficult to come by.
There have been three goalless draws under Tuchel and Chelsea have not scored more than twice in a game since he took over, with the array of forwards he has at his disposal not at their best.
Under the former PSG boss, Mason Mount and Jorginho have been Chelsea’s top scorers with three each, followed by Olivier Giroud with two goals.
Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham have managed just one goal each, while the likes of Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi have not scored at all.
‘It is not time to reflect for the summer and other solutions, other than what we have,’ Tuchel said, via Goal on the possibility of buying new strikers. ‘We have guys that we are happy with and are looking for more solutions; we will try to help them.
‘In general, I am happy because we don’t only look at the output in how they score and assist. Of course, this is a statistic in which every striker is attached to and everyone has to have the mentality to cope with the statistic. It is like this at high-level football.
‘We are still waiting for a breakthrough for the guys to be on a run to score consistently, it is not the case. We will never stop pushing and looking for solutions to create even more clear chances for them. That’s the way it is.’
Werner has been the focus of much concern for Chelsea fans, with the summer signing scoring just once in his last 21 Premier League appearances.
‘Timo is clearly one of these guys who has always scored a huge amount of goals and defined himself as the guy who has the last touch on the field. This is a very unique character and position. It is a sensitive position,’ said his manager.
‘I believe it is not important who is coaching them to shape their goal-scoring mentality but we are here to help everybody and at the moment for us it is important to keep them focused on the process and help them.
‘It is not just to look at the result, whether the ball is in or not in, it is the process that matters and it can help you escape the pressure that they put on themselves. They should ask themselves is my decision making good, is my technique good, is my vision clear enough.
‘If you focus on these points, hit the ball well and the result will take care of itself.’