Thomas Tuchel may have been unhappy to see Chelsea fail to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, but it appears that the Blues boss already has the perfect answer to that collapsed move. Kounde was linked with the Premier League side for much of the summer, but Chelsea failed to agree a fee with Sevilla.
Kounde was Tuchel’s main target to boost his defensive options, but finished the summer window without adding a centre-back.
That left him to choose from Thiago Silva, Adreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Trevoh Chalobah, with Cesar Azpilicueta, Malang Sarr and Reece James also options.
Despite not getting his main target, it has been an ominous start for the Blues defensively, conceding just one goal so far this term.
A major part of that impressive backline performance has been Silva, who started in the centre of Chelsea’s back three against Tottenham on Sunday.
Though Spurs attempted to target his lack of pace by playing quick balls to Heung-Min Son, Silva put in a dominant display.