In a recent press conference ahead of Chelsea’s season-ending match against Watford on Sunday, May 22nd, 2022, Tuchel stated that his priority moving into the new season is to develop a good team for the Blues, despite the fact that the club will be without key players.
Of course, I think we can do better, It’s not by much, there are fine margins, but we will look positively into the new season. It’s not the moment to analyse everything from this season right now because I don’t have all the answers. There are things we would have changed before anyway. We’ve struggled obviously with efficiency, with our goalscoring records, with consistency, with determination and precision in the box against teams who defend deep. Lots of things like this. It never stopped for us so maybe it just needs to change that we have everybody available where we can but it’s difficult when you play so many games and it’s the same for all the top teams.
Tuchel also stated that Chelsea’s major league rivals have reinforced their squads for the next season, while his team is losing players.
You look at the top teams and they look to combat this by making their existing squads stronger. Liverpool bought a fantastic player [Luis Diaz] in January to improve and Man City have signed [Erling] Haaland for next season to make them stronger. We are losing players so, at the moment, my focus is to build a strong team and to see what’s even possible and then we can think about how we close the gap to the top
This season, the Blues had a number of issues. Chelsea reached the finals of both the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup finals however both games were lost on penalties to Liverpool. The Blues were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League in the quarter-finals by Real Madrid and will finish third in the Premier League rankings.