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Chelsea boss Tuchel: We should be humble and respectful towards Malmo.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel wants his attackers to outshine his defenders in front of goal rather than the other way around.

The German reckons they would need their forwards firing on all cylinders if the Blues are to win trophies this season.

Thomas Tuchel wants his strikers to top goalscoring chart. [Getty]
Thomas Tuchel wants his strikers to top goalscoring chart. [Getty]

Chelsea have scored 26 goals in the English top-flight so far and twelve of those have been scored by players behind their attackers, with Reece James the leading goalscorer at the club.`

“I think what any manager does in any team is you try not to rely on only one or two goalscorers,” said Tuchel.

“At the same time, you also wish to rely on one or two consistent goalscorers because this is necessary if you want to reach the highest level in any competition.

“You need consistent goalscoring threats from your strikers.

“In the system that we play, it’s crucial that the wing-backs are there and have the freedom to be dangerous. Defenders need to be dangerous also for set-pieces.

“That’s the way it is right now – still we hope we can put our strikers in the end of the season on top of the list.”

The ex-PSG and Dortmund coach continued: “I think the statistic will look maybe a bit different if you interpret the wing-backs more as midfielders.

“It’s not really a full-back position, it’s a wing-back position and it’s more, for me, a midfield position, so I would not call them defenders.

“They have to defend in some moments but they are more free to attack – it’s a shorter way to the opponent’s box than in the role as a full-back.

“It’s necessary that they are included and we bring them to the box at the end of our attacks to increase the goal threat.

“I am happy when we create chances, I’m happy when we have five, six players in the box to be dangerous.”

Chelsea sit second in Champions League Group H on six points and have traveled to Sweden to play club Malmo, who haven't scored a goal in the competition this term.

However, Tuchel has warned his side not to be complacent against the Swedish club all because they are favourites to win the match on, on Tuesday evening.

“I think it’s the fifth, sixth game in a row where we are considered as favourites,” said Tuchel.

“I like a lot how my team approaches these matches because we put in a lot of effort and a lot of intensity.

“When you say very rightly that Malmo maybe needs an extraordinary performance then I think they will absolutely prepare for this and any team on this kind of level is ready to create an extraordinary performance, so we should be prepared.

“We should be humble and respectful enough towards the game and the opponent and anything can happen.

“Malmo also has nothing to lose, they can play with a lot of freedom, a lot of courage, they will be supported by an emotional crowd.”

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