Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel reveals why nobody wants to wear no.9: They tell me it’s cursed

Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel spoke solely concerning the curse of quantity 9 at Chelsea forward of the pre-season and stated that nobody wants to wear the shirt.

Chelsea participant Reece James in motion throughout pre-season. (Courtesy: Reuters)


  • Chelsea completed at third within the Premier League final season
  • Tuchel’s aspect misplaced 2 finals final season
  • Chelsea loaned out their major striker Romelu Lukaku again to Inter Milan

Chelsea are set to start their marketing campaign in opposition to Everton within the Premier League on Saturday, 6 August. They have made main modifications of their squad, buying new defenders alongside winger Raheem Sterling. They have additionally loaned out their major striker Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan,, and stay with out an out and out striker for the time being.

Speaking forward of their sport on Saturday, Tuchel spoke concerning the much-discussed curse of quantity 9 shirt at Chelsea and revealed that nobody wants to contact that jersey.

Lukaku was the final to wear the shirt after returning to Chelsea for a club-record charge of 97.5 million kilos however after one lacklustre season he rejoined Serie A aspect Inter Milan.

“People tell me it’s cursed… It’s not the case that we leave it open for tactical reasons,” Tuchel instructed reporters.

“Surprisingly, nobody wants to touch it. Everybody who is here longer than me tells me, ‘ah, you know, he had the nine and he did not score and he had the nine and did also not score’,” Tuchel added.

“So we now we have a moment where nobody wants to touch the number nine. I’m also superstitious, I can understand why players maybe don’t touch it and have other preferences.”

Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a transfer to Chelsea, however Tuchel remained tight lipped concerning the scenario and didn’t take the identify of any gamers.

“Maybe we bring one more player, maybe not… We have options but at the same time, we know how many games are coming. So let’s see if we can still maybe sign a player,” he added.

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