Chelsea Thomas Tuchel, technical director, has revealed that none of his players want the number nine shirt because they think it is ‘damned’.
The number nine is usually the most requested shirt in any club because it is dedicated to the team’s best striker. It ensures that you will lead the line whenever available.
At Stamford Bridge, all I’ve secured over the past 18 years is poor form and thorough scrutiny. Romelu Lukaku is the latest victim and has now returned to Inter Milan on loan after a disastrous £97.5m deal.
Tuchel was asked why none of his players had touched the number nine before Saturday’s clash with Everton, and he gave a very honest answer.
“She’s damned, she’s damned, people tell me she’s damned” confess.
“It’s not that we’re leaving it open for tactical reasons, for some of the players in the pipeline who come and take it naturally.
“There hasn’t been much demand for number nine when players sometimes want to change numbers.
“It’s surprising that no one wants to touch it.”
Chelsea have added Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella to their squad this summer and all three have already picked their shirt numbers.
Acadamy alumni Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja, who spent last season on loan, are expected to play roles with the Blues in this campaign, as they pick the numbers.
“Everyone who’s been here taller than me is saying to me, ‘Ah, you know, he had the nine and he didn’t score and he had the nine and he didn’t score either,'” Tuchel continued.
“So we now have a moment where no one wants to touch the number nine.
“I’m also superstitious, I can understand why players might not touch it and have other preferences.”
Among the names that Chelsea wears, nine are Mattia Kezman, Hernan Crespo, Fernando Torres, Falcao, Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain,
While the number nine does not count as much, number 26 is perhaps the most valuable number at Chelsea.
John Terry wore the jersey during his 19 years with the Blues and would go on to be one of their greatest players of all time.