Thomas Tuchel on Chelsea’s academy players
After a dominant performance against a Juventus team that had previously beaten them, Chelsea are now looking poised to top their Champions League group and their academy players seem to be playing a big part in that.
Thomas Tuchel had a lot of praise for Chelsea’s homegrown talent and believes that they have the drive and the passion to succeed at the club. The mix between homegrown and international stars is one that Tuchel is particularly happy with.
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“The crowd loves it and I’m absolutely convinced that everybody loves it. This is what makes teams special, not only the superstars and the best players from abroad, which we also have in our squad, but it’s the mix.
“To have talented and humble guys from the academy who are full of quality and it’s their biggest dream to perform at Stamford Bridge, to perform in blue, to be part of a strong Chelsea team. This is so nice to be part of it, so it’s another excellent day for the academy. Full credit to them.
“It’s a pleasure to have these boys and I strongly believe that this is a huge part of the success that we have in this mix between homegrown talents and top players.”
Christian Pulisic also showed great respect for the club’s academy and claims it is no surprise that they are doing so well when you look at the talent they have.
“I think we already know what strengths the Chelsea academy has. It’s not surprising these guys have been doing it for a while now and just a lot of good players in this team, a lot of depth. We’re really happy with the way we are right now.”