'Very good team': £37m striker raves about Chelsea, just weeks after claims Tuchel wants to sign him

Chelsea-linked Lille striker gave his thoughts on Thomas Tuchel’s men after facing them in the Champions League yesterday.

As quoted by the Ligue 1 website following yesterday’s showdown at Stamford Bridge, David accepted that the Blues were the better team on the night.

Lille’s top scorer was a bystander for most of the evening, as Chelsea charged to a pretty comfortable 2-0 victory.

Chelsea brush past Lille

A swift start from the European champions saw Kai Havertz come close twice in the opening six minutes.

The German eventually found a way through the fragile French fortress by heading home a pinpoint Hakim Ziyech corner.

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Havertz, Ziyech and Christian Pulisic provided a consistent threat to Jocelyn Gourvennec’s defence through their speed, fluidity and directness.

Pulisic sealed the win in the second half, confidently dispatching past Leo Jardim having been assisted by the awesome N’Golo Kante.

Tuchel’s group were simply more dominant all over the park, from Thiago Silva at the back right through to the trio of attackers.    

“They are the defending champions and quality players; we knew it was going to be a difficult match,” admitted David.

“We lacked a bit of quality with the final move, and it cost us.”

Will David be directed to Chelsea?

Lille’s main goal threat must’ve been envious of those wearing blue on Tuesday.

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After all, the 22-year-old has always apparently dreamed of playing regularly at the Bridge.

“Real Madrid, Man United and Chelsea are just as much part of his dreams, but for the time being we must remain humble,” said the player’s agent in 2020.

However, he might not be waiting long to channel the same energy as Chelsea’s luxury performers.

According to ESPN, the European champions have reportedly expressed interest in the Canadian international and could land him for just £37m (Goal).

Despite hardly featuring at all in South West London, it’s understandable why the Blues are seemingly intrigued by the young centre-forward.

David has 20 goals for club and country this season, although his last for Lille was in December.

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He will need to rediscover his form ahead of the second leg next month if the Ligue 1 outfit are to stage a comeback, but also to boost his chances of joining Chelsea.    

“We know that anything can still happen, even though they are a very good team,” David continued.

“We’ll be playing at home in front of our fans, so the tie is still up for grabs.”

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.