Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was involved in the usual Pre-match press conference ahead of Villa in Friday after and was quizzed on many things, part of it being the impending arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. He was asked..

Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Manchester United before the end of the transfer window. Does he transform them into Premier League title challengers?

“They were before (title contenders). For me, they were before because they had a fantastic transfer window and they are a super hard team to play against and to beat in the last season. They were close to winning a European trophy, they were so close in the league, second place, so they were already because they became stronger even before the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Now Cristiano arrives there will be a lot of attention, there will be a lot of focus. I think he will have a huge impact. Why? Because he is a champion and he has proved on any level in any year that he can perform on outstanding levels. And don’t forget, we will now check the minutes and the goals and the assists, but he will have an impact every day to the group.

“This is what we also look for when we buy players that they bring a new spirit. We have guys like Trevoh Chalobah, like Saul, like Romelu Lukaku. They are new in the group and they are hungry and when players like this arrive in a club it is a huge example.

“He leads by example Cristiano and makes things more complicated for us, but very, very exciting and we will not change our ambitions because of it.

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