Later News Sep 03

Tuchel backs Aubameyang to break No. 9 curse at Chelsea

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is either a very brave man, or a very foolish one.


Despite having a variety of nice numbers to choose from – the number 69, in particular, stands out – the Gabonese has decided that he will take on the challenge of being Chelsea’s new number 9.


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The accursed number at Chelsea has been worn by some of the best strikers in the world, including Fernando Torres, Hernan Crespo, Radamel Falcao and Gonzalo Higuain, with Romelu Lukaku the last player to have donned the infamous no. 9 jersey.


However, all of these players, despite their storied careers and undoubted talent, struggled with the no. 9 on their back, and were notorious for consistently stinking out the place in front of goal.


Now, though, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is confident that Aubameyang will be able to break the curse of the number 9 jersey on his own. Yes, without needing the help of Paul Pogba’s witch doctor.


“Auba is not afraid of the past and what a number means," said Tuchel. "He is ready to fight to create his own history, taking the number nine means he is brave enough. Auba from my point of view has always been happy to fight for something and to accept the challenge, so the more challenges he has the better it is.


“If he wants to overcome the No 9 curse, or if he wants to show somebody in London he's better than certain people think he is, then the more the better. 


“Because he's up for that and he's happy. I know him as (being) very focused and in general a person with a very open heart and very happy to be on the pitch every day. This is what we wanted, he's a very positive influence on the training group.


“He's up for any challenge, he's happy to be on the pitch to score goals and this is what we want.”


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Aubameyang, who suffered a broken jaw after being robbed in Spain, is not expected to make his debut for the Blues when they take on West Ham at Stamford Bridge tonight.




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