Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel picks his dream 90s XI with no English players making list

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Thomas Tuchel has admitted he was a "huge fan of David Beckham" but omitted the Manchester United legend from his dream 90s XI containing not one Englishman.

The Chelsea boss had his pick of a number of elite superstars from yesteryear and came up with a star-studded lineup.

But the likes of Beckham and Paul Scholes failed to make the cut.

When told his team had a number of "characters" in the dressing room, Tuchel joked: "I don't want to manage them."

And he caused minor controversy with his first choice, ignoring fellow countryman Oliver Kahn in favour of Premier League great Peter Schmeichel.

Ex-Man Utd stopper Peter Schmeichel was picked over Germany legend Oliver Kahn
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"I hope Ollie will forgive me," Tuchel said, during the interview for Three Connect on Chelsea's website.

In defence were arguably some of his toughest decisions, as he was first asked to choose between Roberto Carlos and Paolo Maldini at left-back.

"That's not fair," Tuchel replied, before picking legendary Brazilian Carlos, purely because: "I've met him. He was very nice to me, like we were old friends."

His pick of Carlos then had an impact on his selection for the opposite flank as Tuchel opted against another Brazilian Cafu for Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti as: "We need a bit of size, for set pieces."

Centre-back provided Tuchel with an easier conundrum, as he naturally went for ex-Chelsea star Marcel Desailly – who he described as "the General", alongside Ronald Koeman, who "was my hero when I was watching international football and Barcelona."

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In defensive midfield, current France boss and "totally underrated" World Cup winner Didier Deschamps got the nod, but from there it was full steam attack.

Zinedine Zidane and Clarence Seedorf were positioned ahead of him in a 4-3-3 formation, as Tuchel quipped: "We'll never work out defensively but who cares?"

Paul Scholes was one of the unlucky midfield options to be overlooked, along with his former teammate Beckham on the right-wing.

"I was a huge fan of David Beckham but I'll go for [Luis] Figo."

Real Madrid frontman Raul got in ahead of Brazilian icon Ronaldo
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Rivaldo was then handed the shirt for the left-wing ahead of Alessandro Del Piero, but Tuchel dropped a bombshell with his pick for No.9, selecting Spanish striker Raul in favour of Brazilian icon Ronaldo.

Again, Tuchel's selection was based purely on him having met Raul previously, and joked that Ronaldo could be a 70th minute substitute.

"You can win the match for us, go and warm up."

Tuchel's dream 90s XI (4-3-3): Schmeichel, Zanetti, Koeman, Desailly, R. Carlos, Deschamps, Seedorf, Zidane, Figo, Rivaldo, Raul.

Meanwhile, Tuchel will be hoping to add to his own dream XI this summer, with Chelsea reportedly in the market for a striker.

Inter's Romelu Lukaku and Tottenham's Harry Kane were both being considered, but Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland has emerged as the top target.

Chelsea are said to have been 'working intensely' on a transfer for the Norwegian, who is thought to be keen on a switch to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are also looking to land full-back Achraf Hakimi from Inter, but saw their initial bid of £56.1million rejected as they battle PSG for the Moroccan's signature.

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