Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has explained why Romelu Lukaku has been playing fewer minutes since returning from an injury break.
Is Lukaku no longer popular?
Tuchel claims he hasn’t started Lukaku on a regular basis because the striker isn’t fully recovered yet.
Lukaku was sidelined for approximately a month after suffering an ankle injury in a UEFA Champions League match against Malmö. Lukaku has only played 77 minutes in the Premier League for Chelsea since his return, with Tuchel seldom deploying his £98 million striker.
Lukaku says he’s still getting used to the English game.
The Blues manager told the Daily Mail that the 28-year-old attacker is still adjusting to the English game after spending the previous two seasons in the Italian Serie A.
Tuchel stated, ” “We only brought him in on extraordinary occasions to play. We brought him in for consistency, but adaptation is still taking place, whether we like it or not. It’s a very different game if you play in Italy or England.
‘More intensity’ in the absence of Lukaku
When the Belgian striker was out injured, the German manager noted the Chelsea squad performed with greater vigour, emphasizing that they had to find alternative answers when they lost their marksman.
“We were doing well when he was injured. We were racking up the points. We increased the intensity. We had to discover alternative options since we needed to, therefore we did “Tuchel clarified.
Is Lukaku up to the task of dealing with Tuchel’s high-octane pressing?
“It’s really difficult to come back from injury with a high-intensity game every three days, no matter what your name is.” We’re at a loss as to when these athletes will be able to return. What time is it? How long will you be there? It makes things incredibly difficult with only three changes.”
Even if Lukaku won’t admit it, the former PSG coach believes the striker is still suffering from the repercussions of his ankle injury.
“After that, it was all about fitness.” He was protecting himself in training, not really trusting the ankle. I could see it even if he would never confess it. You must exercise patience.