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What can Thomas and his team really take from the two cup finals against Liverpool?

Well, there is no doubt that Chelsea have still been able to stand toe to toe with one of the best teams on the planet, a team lauded just about everywhere, but who still weren’t able to beat us in open play during four long games and two extra-times this season.

It underlines that there is a base to build on and Thomas Tuchel will know that. He had half-a-season last time, and to be fair he did quite well… okay, that might be the understatement of the century!

This season has had more disruptions and uncertainties than most I care to recall, but the team has still been competitive. He needs some certainty and normality, or at least as close as you can get to that at Chelsea!

New Blood

There has been the odd season over the past 20 years when the Blues have fallen apart – maybe only one back in 2015/16 – but it didn’t happen this time, even with the sanctions and the existential fear swirling around the club.

Arsenal’s defeat at Newcastle has given us the Champions League football we crave, but also shown prospective new players that Chelsea are still a force to be reckoned with, and one that will probably be better next season. That would make tempting the new blood on board so much easier oder.

It actually feels like a great opportunity for Tuchel to put his stamp on the squad even more than he has been able to up until now.

Most managers will tell you that it can take two or three seasons to get the squad you really want, one in your own image that can do exactly what you need it to do. Not that many managers get that much time or to be honest enough financial backing to match their vision.

This summer transfer window will tell us a great deal about Tuchel and his aspirations, as well as the club’s aspirations, and our ability to compete on the European and world stage as well as match the manager’s vision going forward. The new direction will become clear fairly quickly once the ownership issue is resolved and the replacements for exiting players, particularly at the back, are revealed.

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