Thomas Tuchel admitted that he was “happy” to hear Harry Kane staying at Chelsea’s opponent Tottenham on Sunday, but that’s probably not the reason you might think.
Indeed, the first thoughts that come to mind for most people probably cheered up the Germans. Adding a striker with 166 Premier League goals and three Golden Boots to his name could always improve Manchester City’s chances of holding the title. Chelsea costs.
Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy’s serious attitude simply refused to accept the captain’s wishes, and eventually Pep Guardiola described Kane as “the best of his last year in his career and successfully in London. I was ironically hoping that I was doing it, but it is especially attractive.
“It’s great that players play in one club in football, so I’m happy he was able to stay,” he said. “Think about Tottenham for the last decade. Think about Harry Kane. It’s like Messi, you’ll soon think of Barcelona, and he’s now playing for other clubs. It’s very difficult to think of it.
“Some of my personalities are still fans and I like this to happen.”
Especially if Romelu Lukaku has just returned to Stamford Bridge, the Belgian frontman will enter the derby with four goals against Arsenal, Aston Villa and Zenit St. Petersburg.
Kane’s only Tottenham goal this season was brought to the Uefa Conference League Pasos de Ferreira at home last month. Tuchel spent £ 97.5m on Lukaku when Kane was still expected to join the city for far more than that.
“I thought it would happen,” Tuchel said. “I wasn’t scared, but if that happened, I would have been very interested in how it would change the city’s playing style.”
Tuchel declared himself an admirer as soon as the English captain announced his desire to leave Tottenham in May. “If you find a coach around the world who doesn’t want to have Harry Kane on the team, call him again,” he said at the time.
But the Germans never expected negotiator Marina Granovskya to forget Lukaku’s pursuit and tell him at Inter Milan.
“I never had a list with his name on it, and I never told him to go to the marina and buy him. I had to experience a rivalry. It wasn’t that close. “
“Romel is here to help us win the title, and that’s what big players do,” Tuchel added. “He’s a humble and very friendly guy and I love what he’s doing. We’re a strong group, so that’s what we wanted.”
Midfielder N’Golo Kante missed the last two games as he returned from an ankle injury.