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Chelsea boss Tuchel insists he will NOT push for a summer overhaul
Tuchel has rejuvenated Chelsea since taking over from Lampard in January, with the club moving back into the Premier League's top four and reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.Tuchel has rejuvenated Chelsea since taking over from Frank Lampard in January, with the club moving back into the Premier League's top four and reaching the Champions League quarter-finals amid a 14-game unbeaten streak.
Thomas Tuchel has issued a warning to Porto ahead of their Champions League clash that Antonio Rudiger, Mateo Kovacic and Cesar Azpilicueta are three Chelsea players they 'don't want to fight with'.
The Blues are preparing for their quarter-final second leg against Porto after taking a 2-0 lead in the tie away leg last week. Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell scored the key goals for Tuchel's side.
Speaking ahead of the second match-up, the German tactician spoke about the players he will rely on to protect the Chelsea team as he praised his squad's spirit.
'Honestly you don't want to be in a fight with Antonio Rudiger, Kova (Mateo Kovacic) and Azpi (Cesar Azpilicueta),' he said.
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'For me you don't want to be in a fight with them, because they are ready to fight and it's their nature to show it on the pitch and protect the interests of our team.
'They are there we can rely on them nobody has to do stuff which is against their nature you can totally rely on them.
'For me when I was a player at a lower level when you have big matches and feel the tension you look around at who is next to you and feel comfortable, see who you can rely on.
'I feel our guys are very comfortable when they look around and see who they can rely on. No one is out there alone, we will help each other, we will help from the bench.
'We will push hard for the best outcome. We have minimum of 90 minutes to fight for and achieve a big goal.'
Siege mentality for Porto as they take aim at Chelsea's spending
As we know, Pepe - a three-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid - is a master of the dark arts, but even for him this was slightly out of the ordinary. Next, his manager Sergio Conceicao, again unprompted, was on the front foot about cash — or rather Porto's lack of it. © Provided by Daily Mail Porto's Pepe brought up Chelsea's superior spending habits ahead of Champions League tie © Provided by Daily Mail Porto manager Sergio Conceicao was also quick to bring up cash in the build up 'When we go to the field we are not thinking we have spent £25m and Chelsea £250m in the market,' he said.
Tuchel also received a transfer boost in recent days in their pursuit AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma after the Italian's talks over a new contract reportedly stalled.
The 22-year-old has already racked up more than 200 Serie A appearances for his boyhood club and looked like he could bag his first-ever league title this season before Milan's title challenge faded.
Donnarumma's current deal at the San Siro expires this summer, with player and club far apart when it comes to agreeing personal terms, according to.
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