'Wants to see a lot more': Chelsea player admits Tuchel's been telling him to attack even more often

Raheem Sterling has claimed in his Chelsea press conference that Thomas Tuchel is telling him to be even more attacking now he is at Stamford Bridge.

The new signing managed to impress despite the cagey feeling around the Blues’ season opener against Everton at the weekend, with a debut goal taken from him by the linesman’s offside flag.

Nevertheless, the signs were there that the England international can live up to the expectations put on him, both by the fans and his manager.

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Tuchel wants Sterling to be more direct

With the club’s shortcomings undoubtedly coming up top last season, there are a lot of hopes that Sterling can begin to address the issue of goals up top, with only Mason Mount once reaching double digits in the league for any Blue in the last two seasons.

Sterling has claimed that Tuchel has been instructing him to continue being a direct threat in attack, citing the quality of the wing-backs as motivation to attack the box.

He said: “He said to me, my directness, threatening in behind. Most importantly, how I attack the box, with the full-backs we have here, he wants to see a lot more.”

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Chelsea fans will be keen to see the 27-year-old’s first Premier League goal for the Blues, with there being no better occasion for it to come than this weekend’s London derby against Tottenham.

Antonio Conte’s side made a statement in their opening fixture of the season against Southampton, putting themselves top of the table on goal difference.

The North London side are predicted by many to be challenging the Blues for the ‘best of the rest’ tag this season, and despite it being early in the campaign, it does feel like the outcome of this one game could be a big sign of how the entire season is going to go.

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.