Thomas Tuchel outlines his expectations to Chelsea players after draw vs Wolves

Thomas Tuchel vowed to make Chelsea “a team that nobody wants to play against” after seeing his new side held by Wolves.

Frank Lampard’s successor was frustrated in his bid to make a winning start and was lucky not to be caught by a sucker punch after Neto hit the bar in the second half.

But Tuchel said: “I don’t see too many weaknesses. I will focus on the amazing mix between the experienced players, big personalities and young and hungry talents.

“We will build a team that nobody wants to play against. That’s the challenge for me as soon as possible.”

Chelsea racked up a record 820 passes and 78.9 percent possession – the highest numbers for a Premier League manager’s first game in charge since the start of the 2003-04 season – but failed to find a way through.

But Tuchel insisted he was happy. He added: “I went into the dressing room and told the players there is no room for disappointment and doubts.

“This is the level now and now we can start working on the details.”

New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel
Tuchel on the touchline during the goalless draw

The ex-PSG boss also insisted his Chelsea team – 11 points off leaders Manchester City – could not afford to be thinking about the title race.

“The title? That is far away,” he went on. “No, we have to be realistic at the same time.

“When you sign for Chelsea as a player or a manager you sign for the expectation to fight for the title.

“That means Premier League, Champions League. That is absolutely right.

“But we have to be realistic. There are a lot of teams between us in the top four. So we have to make sure we don’t lose the focus. It’s my job to bring the team to that level as fast as possible.”

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Tuchel raised eyebrows by dropping Mason Mount, who skippered the side in last Sunday’s FA Cup win over Luton and had been a regular under Lampard.

Also left out were Tammy Abraham, N’Golo Kante and Timo Werner.

But Tuchel said: “I knew all about some of the players but others I needed to look at.”

Wolves boss Nuno, who saw new striker Willian Jose come off the bench, insisted he too was delighted – to have burst the bubble of excitement surrounding the home side.

“There was no party,” he said. “Football matches are no party. We were too focused on solving our own problems.

“We needed a good game. It’s not about what’s happening with Chelsea. We had to focus on ourselves and the boys did well. We had a couple of chances from which we could have done better.

“It’s always nice to have a clean sheet. It is something we missed and we need for the future.”

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