“Let’s see, when, finally, we will have the chance to act and make up, because the disadvantage in terms of timing for the rebuild is big,” Thomas Tuchel told a press conference as he was once again asked about how the takeover affects their transfer campaign this summer.
“We have to be fast and smart. And the disadvantage grows every day, of course, while the two top teams improve their teams, and have very clear teams on which they build.
“It’s a kind of rebuild for us and makes things even more challenging.
“We have in the moment a huge disadvantage; that’s not decisive yet. There is no need to make excuses now, it is just the situation we are in and we have to be as quick as possible.
“Right now, of course, it is unsatisfying because our hands are tied and we cannot act as we want. We have clear ideas for the profiles and characteristics of these players.
“But it is not like you put a name on the list and then you get the player.
“You have to convince the player, you have to speak to other clubs and convince yourself this is the player, so there is normally a lot of work and it will be the same to be competitive next season, while, like everybody else, tries to close the gap to us, while the two top teams are what they are.”
Chelsea will only be able to have any official talks over potential signings after Todd Boehly’s consortium completes the deal to buy the club from Roman Abramovich.
It may happen soon – maybe even this week – but other clubs have already plans in place to buy players who might be of interest to Chelsea.