Chelsea’s technical and performance advisor Petr Cech has suggested the club will not make a load of new signings this summer, backing the current crop of players to “get even better”. Cech believes the Blues have “a really balanced team”, with “huge quality but also with the big potential in age”.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are set to face Manchester City in the Champions League final on Saturday and Cech believes that lifting the trophy would “probably kick everybody even higher in terms of their career – and we can really build on that.”
Speaking ahead of the final, he said: “If you look we have a really balanced team with experienced players, mid generation and younger players.
“With this mix having reached the final, it just gives you the confidence that the team, with more experience, is in the right place to get better.
“That’s down to the way the club invested in the team, with huge quality but also with the big potential in age, as well.
And with Thomas, the performances since he arrived have been absolutely brilliant.
The one clear thing is we wholly deserve to be in the final.
“We have played difficult games but, in every one, have had really high quality.
We believe this team has that capability to get even better and, hopefully, that will show.
It would be fantastic if we can win in Porto because it would give the players a huge boost of confidence, happiness and motivation for the next year.
“It would probably kick everybody even higher in terms of their career – and we could really build on that.”
Ahead of the Champions League final, Chelsea face Aston Villa in the Premier League as they look to secure the top four finish which will ensure they qualify for next season’s edition of the tournament.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Tuchel said he felt finishing in the top four would ‘take some pressure off’ ahead of the final.
He said: “For sure, for sure. We don’t have to talk around it. Of course, it takes some pressure off. I don’t think that when we arrive at the final that it would be in our heads.
“When you prepare a final in the last two days, you will not play this final to make it to the Champions League next season. We will play this final 100% no matter what to win the cup, this is it.
“The side effect, of course, is a crucial one but we don’t want to play this final to arrive in the top four. We put so much hard work, quality and we have been very consistent in terms of results in the last months that we want to finish the job.
“We don’t know what to expect in detail because anything can happen in football and this is what everybody loves about this game is that three teams have a chance to fight for two places. The race is on.”