Thomas Tuchel was asked about his regrets over letting Marc Guehi and Tino Livramento leave for Crystal Palace and Southampton respectively.
“They are decisions we took together and are happy about these decisions. You cannot go back and reflect at this point. When we took the decisions, it was the right thing to do, given the circumstances. For example, all the time, individual decisions. For Tino Livramento, we had a plan, and we preferred a loan. He felt his future was to go, and the situation was then better to agree to the sale
“For Marc, his is a fantastic development. It’s very hard or maybe even is impossible now to say if we kept him he would have been better, worse, or been the same. Maybe he needed to leave. Maybe he needed the change of environment, a different club, a different or bigger role, more minutes to develop his full potential.”
“It just tells you over and over again that if you trust younger players and have a role for them, they can on a very regular level match expectations and even over-perform. It’s nice to see so many Chelsea players out there in every league. We are well aware for it. It is nice to play against them and see them develop.”
Chelsea will face Guehi’s current club Crystal Palace on Sunday for the FA Cup semi-final where the defender is expected to feature against his old club. Earlier the Blues boss had also explained why Chelsea turned down a chance for on-loan midfielder Conor Gallagher to face his parent club Chelsea in the fixture.
The Blues will be looking to secure a place in the final where they will face either Liverpool or Man City, though they will have to pass Palace test first.