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Tuchel not looking for new Chelsea signings after Leeds debacle

A three nil defeat at Elland Road was as far as could be expected for the London club, but fresh faces may not be the answer.

Peter Hall
LEEDS, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: A dejected Thomas Tuchel the manager / head coach of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Chelsea FC at Elland Road on August 21, 2022 in Leeds, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
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It was a result that would have bust plenty of betting slips and caused a lot of pain to any Fantasy Football managers. But what iit meant to the man in the real dugout is what we really care about and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel played down the need to sign new players after a 3-0 loss at Leeds United in the Premier League on Sunday, saying his current team could have won the match.

Chelsea feelings blue in Leeds

Tuchel has previously said Chelsea were looking to bolster their ranks before the end of the transfer window, with a central defender and a striker the priorities, but would not resort to panic buying.

Despite signing Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, Chelsea's rearguard has seen more departures than arrivals as Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have both left the club.

"The transfer period is still open and it gets later and later and we need to focus on what we have and what we can do," Tuchel told reporters after the match at Leeds.

Two goals in five first-half minutes saw the hosts race into a 2-0 lead with Chelsea, who finished with 10 men, unable to cope with the intensity.

"Everything was going well. I still believe we can win with this team in Leeds. It is more our fault than anybody else's credit," Tuchel said.

He added that he was not shocked the defeat had come off the back of a strong performance against Tottenham Hotspur, with whom Chelsea drew 2-2 last Sunday.

"There's no time to be shocked. For 20 minutes, we did it. But then we did stuff that cost us the dominance and chance to create more chances," Tuchel added.

“But still, we did not invite pressure or create chances. We were not under pressure or in chaos.”