Thomas Tuchel responds to call for Chelsea to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Football

Chelsea have been in talks to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona

Chelsea have been in talks to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona (Image: Shutterstock/Getty)

Thomas Tuchel insists Chelsea’s lack of strikers is “not a problem” after his side’s 2-1 defeat by Southampton on Tuesday night.

Chelsea took the lead through Raheem Sterling but goals from Romeo Lavia and Adam Armstrong sealed Southampton’s victory at St Mary’s.

Armando Broja, Chelsea’s only recognized first-team striker, came off the bench in the second half against Southampton when Tuchel started with a back three of Hakim Ziyech, Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz.

Chelsea have had extensive talks over the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona and while no agreement is yet to be reached, it is understood that the former Arsenal captain is open to a move to Stamford Bridge.

However, Tuchel has made it clear that signing a new striker will not solve the team’s current problems after their second defeat of the new Premier League season.

Asked if Chelsea need to sign a new striker before the window is up, Tuchel told talkSPORT: “We’ve talked about it since I’ve been here, it’s not a problem.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is said to be open to joining Chelsea from Barcelona

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reportedly open to joining Chelsea from Barcelona (Getty)

“We won a lot of games 1-0, 2-0, you can concede, toughen up. We were in the lead, we had enough chances.

“It’s not about getting the next one and the next one, what’s worrying is the numbers and the depth in the squad when you look at the players who are on the bench today and if they’re doing with Chelsea’s demands for Chelsea should be playing at the beginning of the season and the season is starting right now, then that’s worrying, the numbers are worrying.

“But score, don’t score, that’s the wrong question now, we scored here and it’s not forbidden to keep a clean sheet.”

Asked if Chelsea’s end of the transfer window will shape the rest of the season, Tuchel replied: “Everything shapes our season, every injury or non-injury, every transfer obviously shapes the season.

“I know what you need to fulfill all your desires and fulfill all our demands on ourselves.

“Today was a crazy situation, we had 16 players in training yesterday. The quality will come back, the mentality will come back and we need a big squad to push everyone to the limit because that’s what big squads do.

“When we have 16 guys in training it’s not the same situation.”

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