'I saw': Thomas Tuchel shares what he noticed Raheem Sterling doing four times in the second-half for Chelsea last night

Thomas Tuchel has claimed to Football London that he spotted Raheem Sterling’s pace on display a number of times in his first appearance for Chelsea.

The club’s marquee summer signing played the second half of Chelsea’s defeat on penalties to Charlotte, following a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes.

The Englishman endured a relatively quiet debut, although still showed signs that he will be an important member of the club’s attacks going into next season.

Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

Tuchel revealed that he noticed what Sterling will offer to his side, claiming the signs of his pace were encouraging despite the overall defeat.

He said: “I didn’t see it today. So it doesn’t matter what I have in my mind, the only thing that matters is what I see on the pitch. I saw four accelerations in the second half and they all came from Raheem.

“This is what he delivers and there is no need for major doubts or huge criticism, but it is never important what the manager has in his head before pre-season, it’s the reality that counts. Every day in training and matches like this count and from there we go.”

Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Tuchel praises Sterling’s pace

It has already been claimed that Sterling will be crucial to Chelea’s frontline next season, with him set to feature on the left of a front three ahead of either Christian Pulisic or Timo Werner.

With his strength cutting in onto his favoured right foot, he will likely strike up a great bond with Ben Chilwell, whose attacking ability will be a welcome threat for the Blues following his long-term injury last season.

While it is currently unclear who he will feature with, Blues fans will be hoping to see him feature more in the upcoming match against Arsenal, with a London derby meaning more to supporters, even if it is only a pre-season friendly.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.