Thomas Tuchel makes Kylian Mbappe transfer decision as Marina Granovskaia is sent £144m warning.
Following Thomas Tuchel’s reservations over Kylian Mbappe’s work rate, Chelsea have withdrawn out of the battle to sign him, as Timo Werner tells the Frenchman just what criteria he must fulfill.
According to Catalan publication El Nacional, Marina Granovskaia has pulled Chelsea out of the competition to acquire Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer this summer due to Thomas Tuchel’s reservations about the 22-year-old.
According to the report, the Blues are no longer prepared to make a ‘big offer’ for the Paris Saint-Germain attacker after Tuchel expressed his worries about his former player’s willingness to work with his methods.
Mbappe, who joined the Les Parc des Princes from AS Monaco in 2017 in a £130 million move, played 98 times under the Chelsea manager in the French capital, scoring 46 goals and won Ligue 1 twice.
Tuchel spent two and a half years working closely with the Frenchman, but he acknowledged the challenge of instructing Mbappe and Neymar in line with his principles as a contemporary coach who employs a highly organized pressing strategy.
Tuchel gave Chelsea an early warning about a possible Mbappe move in December 2020, when he revealed how he and Neymar’s lack of collaboration on the training field has become an uphill fight.
“Sometimes it’s quite simple, and other times it’s a major difficulty,” he said. “There are numerous influences at a team like PSG. As a result, keeping all of the males pleased might be difficult.
“It’s simpler to train Lukaku than Neymar or Mbappe,” Tuchel said earlier this season in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport. I work much more peacefully at Chelsea.”
At Stamford Bridge, the Blues coach continues to set the highest standards for his players, with many of his PSG ideas remaining at the center of his work.
Timo Werner is a disciple in ensuring Tuchel’s tactical doctrine is conveyed across the Chelsea group, and pressing is merely a chapter from his bible to a fruit-bearing existence at Chelsea.
Werner has directly contributed to 15 goals in 34 games under Tuchel, but it is his pressing figures that indicate why the £47 million striker from RB Leipzig was chosen over a £144 million market value Mbappe.
In each of their respective domestic campaigns last season, Chelsea’s number eleven made only two more starts than Mbappe, but Werner was considerably more defensively adept.
Werner earned almost four times as many tackles (18 – 5) as Mbappe, including 14 in the middle third compared to one for the World Cup champion.
Tuchel wants his flanking strikers – inside or not – to work on the back foot now that Romelu Lukaku has confirmed his spot at the top of his attacking trident.
Werner completed approximately 200 more presses (380) than Mbappe (183), as well as 45 more recoveries across all thirds, particularly in the defensive and midfield areas.
Tuchel clearly values work rate and studious behavior over any measure of talent, as Mbappe may expose Werner in the goal department.