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Chelsea Were Eager To Land This Ligue 1 Defender: Should Tuchel Go Back In For Him?

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In a recent report, L’Equipe mentioned that Chelsea were eager to land Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos. It has been claimed that the Blues made an attempt to secure the services of the Brazilian defender but PSG refused to let him leave.

Marquinhos’ Decent Run Of Form At Parc Des Princes This Season

The Sao Paulo-born sensation is having another solid season at the French capital as he has been a dominant figure at the heart of Mauricio Pochettino’s defence. Marquinhos has featured in 19 matches for the French club during this campaign, scoring three goals and providing one assist across all fronts.

The ex-AS Roma defensive ace has given a good account of himself on the defensive end of the pitch by averaging 1.4 tackles, 0.6 interceptions and 4.4 clearances per game in the Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League this season. The 27-year-old has even been accurate when distributing possession from the back, based on his pass completion rate of 92.1% in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 24: Mauricio Pochettino, Head Coach of Paris Saint-Germain talks with Marquinhos of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain at Etihad Stadium on November 24, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Should Chelsea Head Coach Thomas Tuchel Go Back In For Marquinhos?

Marquinhos can stuck in with some crunching tackles to make a few crucial interceptions for his team. He usually clears the danger when the opposition are on the front foot and is a neat passer of the ball from the back.

The 64-time Brazil international is also a threat at the other end and can contribute by scoring the odd goal from indirect set-pieces. Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel knows the player well from their time together at Parc des Princes, so he would be the ideal man to get the best out of him at the West London club over the next few years.

Thus, it makes sense for the Blues to go back in for Marquinhos either in January or at the end of this campaign. He will no doubt enhance the quality of Tuchel’s defence and could help them challenge for a few major trophies in the coming seasons. At 27, Marquinhos is currently playing at his prime, so Tuchel would be wise to engineer a move to bring him to Stamford Bridge next year.

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