Date:16th November 2021 at 2:45pm
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Ever since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at Chelsea in January, the Blues’ almost constant success has been built on their defensive record, one which is the envy of almost every club in Europe. 

Tuchel’s side conceded a record low of four goals on their way to winning the Champions League last term, and have conceded just twice from open play in the opening 11 matches of this Premier League season.

The performances of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger have triggered praise from supporters and pundits alike, while Thiago Silva has looked his usual impeccable self when called upon.

Wing-backs Cesar Azpilicueta, Reece James, Marcos Alonso and Ben Chilwell have also all contributed to Chelsea’s seven clean sheets so far this term, while young centre-back Trevoh Chalobah has impressed when given the opportunity and has also netted two goals.

The Blues sit top of the Premier League after 11 games and, having already travelled to Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, few would bet against Chelsea being involved in the title race at the end of the season.

However, it might not all be plain sailing between now and then, as Chelsea are facing a potential defensive crisis in January.

As things stand, Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger and Christensen are all set to be out of contract next summer, and would be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with any foreign club from January.

The quartet of Blues defenders have all been integral to their success in recent months, and would all be extremely hard to replace if they did depart.

Militar has established himself in Ancelotti’s first team this season

Despite talks ongoing with all Christensen and Rudiger in a bid to tie them down to the club, it appears that Tuchel is already plotting moves for potential reinforcements.

According to Spanish outlet El Nacional, Chelsea have tabled a £34 million offer for Real Madrid centre-back Eder Militao.

The Brazilian has been in good form for Carlo Ancelotti’s side so far this term, featuring in all 12 league games.

The 23-year-old, who joined Madrid from Porto for £43.5 million in 2019, has also become a regular in Brazil’s backline in recent months.

Chelsea are reportedly prepared to offer the player a significant hike in wages, which has put pressure on Real president Florentino Perez to offer him an improved contract.

Tuchel believes that the player would fit into his back-three system well if he did arrive in the capital.

The player does, however, have four years remaining on the six-year contract he agreed when signing with the La Liga giants, meaning that Real are under very little pressure to sell just yet.

 
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