Tuchel impressed by new Chelsea signing's 'intelligent' display in Everton win

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was full of praise for Marc Cucurella’s “strong” second-half performance in their win over Everton on Saturday.

The Blues manager deployed three of the club’s summer signings at Goodison Park, and all of them did really well in their Chelsea debuts.

Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling made the starting line-up, while Marc Cucurella came on as a substitute in the second half.

Cucurella, in particular, had spent very little time with the team following his arrival, but still managed to impress the manager.

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“Cucurella was very strong in the last 20 minutes,” Tuchel told BBC Sport after the game.

“[He was] very safe on the ball, very intelligent in escaping pressure.

“Well done to three of them [new signings].”

While Tuchel is clearly happy with his new summer signings, he confirmed that Chelsea are still in the market for even more players.

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“Yeah, a little bit,” the German admitted when asked whether he would like to bring in new players this summer.

“Not only about the quality, but it is also injecting new energy, new ideas, fresh minds and habits, and guys who suddenly fight in completely new roles.

“This is also what new players bring, not only about quality and doubting the quality of [the current players].

“So, yeah, we would like to [sign more players] and let’s see if we can make it happen.

“If not, we push this team to the limit.”

According to an earlier claim by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Chelsea are working on potential deals for Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana and Barcelona duo; Frenkie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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