Piers Morgan reckons Thomas Tuchel will quit Chelsea over transfer setbacks
Thomas Tuchel will walk away from Chelsea this season due to frustration with the club's transfer activity, according to Piers Morgan.
Despite landing Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, the Blues have spent most of the summer missing out on major targets like Jules Kounde, Raphinha, Matthijs de Ligt and Nathan Ake, leaving Tuchel short on numbers – and optimism – ahead of the new season.
Youngsters Gaga Slonina and Carney Chukwuemeka have been snapped up this week, and Marc Cucurella is expected to follow in the coming days, but Morgan thinks the tone for Chelsea's season has already been set – and it's a sour one.
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"Thomas Tuchel will walk once Chelsea’s season hits the buffers around late February and his frustration explodes at not having Vladimir Putin’s pal Roman Abramovich to buy him out of trouble," the Arsenal-supporting TV presenter told The Sun.
Morgan also tipped Arsenal and Tottenham to finish above Chelsea in the race for the top four, and Manchester City to pip Liverpool to the title.
"Jurgen Klopp’s team will fall short of City because Darwin Nunez is no Sadio Mane, an underrated steely-eyed assassin whose departure was a huge blow to Liverpool’s title hopes," Morgan added.
"As for my other top-four picks, I’m convinced North London’s rivals will prevail over rouble-deprived Chelsea and a Manchester United side so awful that Cristiano Ronaldo will take a pay cut to leave them."
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Aside from the various transfer setbacks, Chelsea's pre-season really hasn't gone to plan, with a 4-0 defeat to Arsenal summing up their sorry state of affairs.
After the game, Tuchel fumed about the lack of quality in his squad, indirectly urging owner Todd Boehly to spend some more money by insisting Chelsea would "not be competitive" if they went into the new season with "mostly the same players".
The west London club finished third in the Premier League last season, 18 points behind Liverpool and 19 behind champions City.
Given their muddled pre-season, and the significant improvements made by both Tottenham and Arsenal (who finished three and five points behind the Blues respectively), Morgan isn't alone in tipping Chelsea to miss out on a Champions League space.
But Tuchel walking mid-season? Now that's a punt.
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