Tuchel: Newcastle a ‘new competitor’ for Chelsea

Date published: Friday 15th October 2021 2:10 - Will Ford

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel watches his team play

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel claims the takeover of Newcastle makes them a “new competitor for titles”.

The purchase of Newcastle from Mike Ashley by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) last week means the club is now the richest in world football.

The Magpies currently sit 19th in the Premier League, but with the backing of PIF, they are expected to challenge for the biggest prizes in football in the not too distant future.

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Many clubs have voiced their concerns over the sale of the club, but Tuchel says Chelsea “trust the Premier League”, which he admits has just got “tougher”.

Tuchel said at his press conference: “In general yes and I think it’s normal people have concerns. We trust the Premier League, they have accepted and they are the authorities.

“They have allowed it and Newcastle have new owners. The new owners seem to be promising for a famous club in England and it seems we have a new competitor for titles and places in the top ranking.

“We play in the toughest league and it always seems to get tougher.”


Chelsea have a favourable run coming up in the Premier League, giving them an opportunity to steal a march on their title rivals.

But Tuchel says “it’s always a challenge to restart the engine” after an international break.

He added: “We need to be able to produce results consistently and this is always difficult after travelling and games to different teams, countries and style of play. It’s always a challenge to restart the engine and the momentum. We can call it mentality or whatever, it’s not so easy but on the other hand we are used to it.

“It’s good that we are aware things can be difficult. It will not be easy tomorrow and it’s the good first step that we arrive with that expectation. We face a tough opponent at a difficult moment because they are in a good moment and deserve their points.

“This is what we have to face and we have to face it with only two training sessions. This is the challenge and we will see how good we are.”

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