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Tuchel on Koulibaly experience as he hails Werner and Gallagher.

Thomas Tuchel has listed the many qualities of Chelsea's 'brilliant signing' Kalidou Koulibaly.

Tuchel heaps praise on Chelsea stars [Getty]
Tuchel heaps praise on Chelsea stars [Getty]

Thomas Tuchel has hailed Chelsea FC’s signing of Kalidou Koulibaly as he listed several attributes of the defender.

The Blues boss Tuchel is convinced Koulibaly brings experience, quality and everything the west London club were looking for in a centre-back.

"He brings experience, quality, top defending quality, height, and everything we're looking for to play a back three or four," Tuchel said about Koulibaly.

"It's another brilliant signing for us and we hope he can show his quality as soon as possible. He's now training outside, he arrived yesterday.

"He knows some of the players, I think it will be very quick that he feels welcome in the group. It's a nice group and everybody is very happy that he's with us now."

On pre-season tour the U.S, Chelsea beat Mexican side Club America, who are currently in mid-season.

Timo Werner broke the deadlock in the 55th minute, but Chelsea didn’t hold their lead for long as Reece James scored an own-goal five minute later.

Mason Mount, however, came off the bench to make it 2-1 for the Premier League club in the 83rd minute.

"It was a very difficult match against very difficult opponents in an environment like playing in a full stadium," said Tuchel.

"The first half was tough for us to create clear chances, we couldn't score but kept a clean sheet and in the second half we found better solutions, and looked more dangerous.

"So a very good second half, a good first half. We deserved to win and I'm happy that we took that."

Tuchel also praised Werner and Conor Gallagher, who had a successful loan spell at Crystal Palace last term.

"Timo played 45 minutes like everybody else and Timo scored," said Tuchel. "That's what counts and from there we go. There is always stuff to improve, but it's the first match.

"Kai had a big chance, Michy had a big chance, Timo took the chance and Mason did also.

"I count on the fact that as they become more experienced, they maybe become calmer and adapt more and more. They're still young players and what we want from them is that they stay confident, stay focused, and do what they need to do as strikers.

"With Conor, it is the same as a midfielder. He trains at a very high level and we can clearly see that it was the right decision to let him go on loan. He made a huge step in his development in this year and became a player for England, and we can see this clearly in training. It is a very good start for him and it was a good match from him.

"Now it is important that he gets used to our principles of the game, to understand when to move when not to move, but his work-rate is outstanding and this can be a big asset for us."

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